Ireland Is

Backstage Theatre Longford will host evening of spoken word and live music as part of Poetry Ireland tour.

Ireland Is will shine a light on the multifaceted and contradictory Ireland of today.

The evening will feature a line-up of acclaimed poets, including Colm Keegan, Felispeaks, Hollie McNish, Danez Smith, and Erin Fornoff, as well as a special guest performance by singer-songwriter Bridie Monds-Watson alias SOAK.

The event forms part of Poetry Ireland’s ‘Ireland Is’ spoken word tour, which brings Keegan, Felispeaks, McNish, Smith and Fornoff together with musicians in Dublin, Limerick, Cork, Galway and Longford this autumn.

Colm Keegan, with his eloquent and evocative poetry, delves into the complexities of urban landscapes, shedding light on the multifaceted lives of those within these environments. He explores the notion of identity and the power of language in shaping our understanding of ourselves and our surroundings.

Erin Fornoff, with her lyrical sensitivity and exploration of nature and the environment, offers a poignant counterpoint to the urban landscape. Her poetry invites audiences to reconnect with the natural world, reflecting on our relationship with the environment and the impact of human actions. Fornoff's words will transport listeners to ethereal landscapes and inspire a deeper appreciation for the interconnectedness of all things.

Felispeaks, a poet unafraid to confront societal norms and systemic injustices, brings her unique perspective as a black woman to the forefront. Through her lyrical precision and engaging performances, she addresses issues of race, gender, and social justice, urging audiences to challenge existing power structures and strive for equality.

Hollie McNish's poetry intimately explores the personal experiences of womanhood, motherhood, and the impact of societal expectations. With her candid and honest storytelling, McNish delves into the joys, challenges, and complexities of life, addressing topics such as body image, relationships, and feminism, with warmth, humour, and emotional resonance.

Danez Smith, a powerful and acclaimed poet, grapples with themes of identity, love, and resilience. Their words penetrate the heart, shining a light on marginalized voices and inviting audiences to empathize with and reflect upon the experiences of marginalized communities. Smith's poetry demands attention, confronts social issues, and celebrates the strength and beauty found within individuals and communities.