Speaking in Tongues: A Plurilingual Poetry Festival

LANGUAGE various
AGE adults
WHEN Sun 3rd March 2019 -  from 12 noon
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TICKETS: 5 € at the door; it includes all the events of "Speaking in tongues"


We are all in this together. Language is ours; a shared, creative, living heritage. For Mother Tongues, we bring together four poets who are rooted in Dublin but whose words are routed through other places. Come and be entangled in words from Rachael Hegarty, Nithy Kasa, Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan and Raven, each bringing their own heritage and life experience to us in Rua Red through lively performances of their work. We also look forward to hearing your words in all their variety and colour, whether they be from Tallaght or further afield. Our workshops will provide a welcoming space for you to discover and celebrate your creativity. Come and enjoy an afternoon of words, spoken and heard, written and read, familiar and new.


12.00-12.20 pm open with reading Rachael Hegarty
12.30-1.30 pm workshop Getting a Word In: Using words from many languages
1.40-2 pm reading with Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan
2.10-3.10 pm workshop That’s not What I Mean: Exploring the space between languages
3.20-3.40 pm reading Raven
3.50-4.50 pm workshop Whose Word? Whose World?: Playing with Language and Power in Poetry
5.00-5.20 pm reading Nithy Kasa
5.30-6 pm general discussion and open mic

Rachael Hegarty’s debut, Flight Paths Over Finglas won the Shine Strong Award in 2018. Her kids say she uses the 3 F-words too much: Finglas, feminism and feckin’ poetry. Rachael’s May Day 1974, launches in May 2019.

Nithy Kasa is a poet from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Her work first appeared in the anthology, Embers of Words, published in 2012. She is based in Dublin and is a member of the Dublin Writers’ Forum.

Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan is an arts manager and writer from India, living in Dublin. She has been featured on The Moth and Mortified podcasts, with work aired on NPR and NearFM, and published in Journal.ie.

Raven is a San Francisco performing word artist. His poetry has been published internationally, but the soul of his work is in performance.

Fióna Bolger and Anne Tannam, are the coordinators of Dublin Writers’ Forum. Fióna, poet and editor, is currently engaged in ‘A Search for Poems in the Cracks Between Borders’ at DCU. Anne, poet and creative coach, works with artists to help them build and sustain flourishing creative practices.