In this episode, Ireland’s Edge host Chris Kissane explores the past, present and future of spoken word poetry in Ireland with two of its most exciting and original practitioners, FeliSpeaks and Dyrt. Felicia Olusanya, known as FeliSpeaks, is changing the face of poetry in Ireland. A Nigerian-Irish poet from Longford, she began performing at poetry slams and spoken word events while a student in Maynooth, where she now lives. Her work poignantly confronts issues of identity, race, gender and more in a strikingly individual style. Spoken word poetry is one of the most ancient art forms, and it was particularly important in ancient Irish oral culture. The Limerick spoken word artist and rapper Shane Davis, who performs as Dyrt, has explored how spoken word can offer a new way of exploring ancient Irish myths and legends. Note: This episode contains some bad language.
FELISPEAKS is a Nigerian-Irish Poet, Performer, Playwright from Co. Longford; currently living in Maynooth town, Co. Kildare. FELISPEAKS has been nominated ‘Best Performer’ by Dublin Fringe Festival Sep. 2018 Judged for her performance in ‘BOYCHILD’, a co-written play by Dagogo Hart and herself. As well as being a Member of the Poetry Ireland Board of Directors, Felicia is a member of the Poetry Collective, WeAreGriot. FELISPEAKS’ poem: ‘For Our Mothers’ is in the Ordinary and Higher Level English Leaving Cert Curriculum 2021 - 2024. FELISPEAKS performed her commissioned poetry at CONCERN’s 50th Anniversary in Dublin Castle in September 2018. It included speakers such as UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J. Mohammed, President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins, President Bill Clinton and Former President of Ireland Mary Robinson. Felicia has also been honoured with an award by the (APNI) African Professional Network of Ireland for her unique contribution to the art scene in Dublin City, December 2017. FELISPEAKS is member of WeAreGriot, a poetry collective consisting of herself, Dagogo Hart and Samuel Yakura - curating poetry/rap events - Talkatives and writing plays. FELISPEAKS is currently enjoying creating poetry and performance pieces that always promises to introduce her audience to the journey of emotion in every story. Honoured to share her thought processes about life’s experiences and her passions on stage; FELISPEAKS hopes to inspire thought, excitement and perspective.