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Fired! – Look Both Ways

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Four contemporary poets of contrasting styles and backgrounds invite you to share in their work and their influences in a night of poetry and discovery.


This reading will follow a model devised by Fired!, a group of women poets and academics seeking to rewrite the accepted narrative of women’s place in Irish poetry, and to recover lost voices from the past. Four poets; Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi, Sophie Meehan, Maïa Nunes and Anna Walsh will perform their own work alongside a sampling of poetry from a marginalised poet who has been influential to them. Prepare to hear some of the most exciting voices you’ve never heard!


Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi was born in Lagos, Nigeria and bred in Dublin, Ireland. She is a recent honors graduate of University College Dublin, and as well as poetry and creative writing, she works in copy writing and editing. Her work has been published in various magazines both online and in print, and she has performed in festivals, cultural events and workshops around Ireland. Her writing and videos are heavily saturated with themes of shifting and marginal identities, particularly cultural diversity, bodily autonomy and self care. She aims to promote women’s rights, positive mental health and the importance of creative expression. Chiamaka will be reading some poetry from the Igbo poet Ijeoma Umebinyuo, who is considered one of Sub-Saharan Africa’s best modern poets. Her poetry collection Questions for Ada is a gracious and delicious exposition of themes of home, love, loneliness and (un) belonging.


Maïa Nunes is an emerging performance artist of Irish-Trinidadian descent. Last year she graduated with a BFA in Textile Art and Artefact from NCAD, coming first in her year. Upon graduating she was awarded the Thomas Dammann Memorial Trust award and a Fellowship of Creative Dissent at Yerba Buena Centre of the Arts. She is currently based in Dublin, developing a body of performance work that explores ambiguity as the site of transformative potential, ritual as healing for the afro-diaspora, and song as liberation practice. As well as performing her own poetry Maïa will read poems by Audre Lorde. The self-declared "black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet" was born in 1934 in New York City to Caribbean immigrant parents. Lorde is probably better known for her theory than her poetry, her contribution to critical race studies and queer theory is crucial. But her wisdom and rigour runs undiluted through all her work.


Anna Walsh is a writer from Mullingar. Their poetry has been published in Poethead, The Honest Ulsterman, The Bohemyth, and other places both online and in print. They have fiction forthcoming with Fallow Media, and are currently working on their first novel. Anna will read work from Bryher, who was a member of the Pool Group and a long-term partner of Imagist writer HD. Bryher wrote historical fiction, poetry, and memoirs, and was a figure in the Paris literary scene, financially supporting writers and ventures such as James Joyce and Shakespeare & Co. Bryher used he/him pronouns, and identified from an early age as a lesbian. 


Sophie Meehan is a Dublin born poet and artist. Her poetry speaks directly from the perspective of a woman artist trying to survive in Dublin in 2018. In 2016 Sophie was selected for Poetry Ireland’s Introductions Series, and her poetry has most recently appeared in District’s Guide to Dublin City, the website of the FAI, and on Dublin Bus as part of Poetry Ireland’s celebrations for Poetry Day Ireland. Alongside her own work, Sophie will read from the work of Cathleen O’Neill. Cathleen was a central figure in building a women’s community movement and putting class on the agenda at feminist events and conferences which ran throughout the 1980s. She published poetry and prose that explored women’s “double-burden”, of class and gender. Cathleen O’Neill’s work was brought to Sophie’s attention by the research of Emma Penney, a PhD student at UCD who is compiling an archive of women’s writing by collecting community publications from the 1980s.


*The poets and organisers want this event to be accessible to anyone interested, regardless of their financial situation. If you really need a free ticket to the reading, just select the concession rate when booking - a limited number are available. All income from ticket sales will go directly to performers.

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