The launch of Rise Up and Repeal: A poetic archive of the 8th amendment is a moment to look back on what has been achieved since the 2018 referendum, and to keep in mind the struggles that remain around women’s reproductive rights in Ireland, Northern Ireland, and across the globe. One month ahead of Rise Up and Repeal’s release on May 25th 2019, co-editor Sarah Brazil will introduce poets from the collection to read their work, which meditates on the urgency and anger, hope and people power of the Repeal campaign. Rise Up and Repeal, published by Sad Press, and co-edited by Sarah Bernstein, features the work of established poets from Ireland and the UK, prominent Repeal campaigners, and first-time poets inspired by the movement to record their impressions in poetry. This launch will be of interest to anyone who was involved in the Repeal campaign, whether directly or tangentially, and to those concerned with equal and adequate access to reproductive healthcare for all members of the global society. This important collection of poetry marks a critical step forward in women’s rights in Ireland. This event is open to all ages, and to all supporters of this cause. Featured poets on the night include:
Saoirse Anton is a writer, theatre-maker, critic, feminist, optimist, opinionated scamp, and human being. Saoirse works as a freelance writer with a number of publications and organisations, including the Abbey Theatre Community and Education Dept., Studio 9 Productions, Take Your Seats, The Reviews Hub, and her own sites, Sitting On the Fourth Wall and Everyday Eccentricity. As a writer and theatre-maker she has most recently worked on The WIN (BANBHA Theatre Company), Fruit of Thy Womb (TLC Productions) and The Vagina Monologues (Freemasons Hall Dublin). She also works as a facilitator and has worked with Youth Theatre Ireland, Laois Youth Theatre, the National Gallery of Ireland and the Abbey Theatre. She is currently theatre artist in residence at Holy Family Junior School, Portlaoise. Through her work, she hopes to make things that make a difference.
Alice Kinsella is a poet from Dublin raised in Mayo. She was educated in Trinity College Dublin and NUI Galway. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Banshee, The Lonely Crowd, The Irish Times, Best New British and Irish Poets 2018, and Poetry Ireland Review, among others. Her work has been listed for prizes including Over the Edge New Writer of the Year, Cinnamon Press Poetry Competition, and the Gregory O’Donoghue Award. She has received residencies/bursaries from SICCDA Liberties Festival, John Hewitt
International Summer School, Cill Rialaig Artists’ Residency, and Birr Writers’ Residency. Her first book of poems, Flower Press, was published in 2018.
Caitlín Doherty is a poet, currently living and writing in London. Her pamphlets have been published by Tipped Press, Critical Documents, Sad Press and Face Press and her work has appeared in various journals and magazines. She is the poetry editor for the journal Salvage, and she is delighted to be reading in Dublin tonight.
Review by China Miéville https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/feb/14/on-my-radar-china-mieville-this-census-taker
Fi Smith is a Dubliner, mother of one daughter, freelance editor and part-time museum assistant. She edits the blog for www.firstfortnight.ie - the annual festival of mental health awareness through the arts. Her work has been published in The Blue Nib, Molotov Cocktail, Ellipsis Zine and Incubator Journal. @fifilebon
Dee Dickens is a student of English Literature and Creative Writing and lifelong feminist. She went to university late to prove it is never too late. She has two novels, a children’s book about a non binary child called Max and a poetry collection called an Approximation of Womanhood to her name. She identifies as a mostly knackered mouthy goddess who, in the event of a zombie apocalypse, could subsist solely on ribs.
Amy Dwyer is a writer and activist from Dublin. Her first short play, Mirror Mirror, was performed at What’s the Story?, an event run as part of the Liberties festival in 2017. She has read her work at various open mic nights and events. Amy's work focuses mainly on issues affecting women in the 21st Century, including relationships, mental health and the impact of trauma.
Doirean “the Don” O’Neill
“The Don” thought she was well on her way to Aosdána-ness in 2005 when she won 1st prize for French poetry in Féile Filíochta (despite not actually speaking a word of French). However since then, life has rather got in the way, what with raising two children and whatnot. Today she is a writer, a “craic-tivist”, a feminist and all round mouthpiece. She still doesn’t know what she wants to be when she grows up, so she is considering avoiding doing so altogether.
Rebecca Anne Barr lectures in English at the National University of Ireland, Galway. She is the director of the MA in Literature and Publishing and writes on sexuality, gender and fiction generally. She is also the recent recipient of IRC funding for a Creative
Connections interdisciplinary project on Feminism, Fertility and Reproduction, a project that will involve thinking through and beyond Repeal the 8th.
Lizzy Byrne is a performance artist based in Dublin. She has performed her Spoken Word and Music on stages across Ireland, including some at Electric Picnic, Body and Soul, Castlepalooza and Bare in the Woods. She will be performing a special set funded by The Cavan Arts Council as part of Poetry Day in May 2019.
She is a featured poet in Outstraight's debut collection and her poem, 'Walking Into Doors', features on The Circle Sessions First Album. Her piece, entitled 'This Time', which she released independently reached 500+ views over a 24 hour period.
Aoife Hynes is a 21 year old Science student from Westmeath. During the referendum she was living abroad, and was unable to return to vote. She saw the movement building from afar and wrote a poem representing her feelings. She is proud of how Ireland has changed.