Monthly Archives: February 2012

Guest Performer: 16th March 2012: Máighréad Medbh

Spoke is delighted to welcome Máighréad Medbh as our guest performer on 16th March 2012.

Máighréad Medbh was born in Newcastle West, Co. Limerick. Her debut collection,The Making of a Pagan (Belfast: Blackstaff Press, 1990), explored the vicissitudes of childhood and the socio-political environment in poems where formal design matches experience. The conviction that poetry emerges from one’s body moved her to become one of the pioneers of Irish performance poetry in the early nineties. She worked with music, rap and dramatic styles, developing a reputation for quality and originality, both of text and delivery. In recent years she has been writing in different genres and text takes precedence, but her readings are still dramatic events.

Maighread Medbh in performance

Máighréad Medbh

Other collections are: Tenant (Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare: Salmon, 1999), a narrative sequence set during the years of the Irish famine; Split (in ¡Divas!, Galway: Arlen House 2003); When the Air Inhales You (Galway: Arlen House, 2009); and Twelve Beds for the Dreamer (Dublin: Arlen House, 2011). Máighréad has also produced a CD, Out of My Skin (2002). Her work has been included in a wide range of anthologies and a serialised story for children, set to music, was commissioned byIreland’s Lyric FM in 2007.

Máighréad has written three novels and the first book in a planned four-volume story for young people. A book of aphoristic dialogues on the subject of solitude is soon to be published by Dedalus Press, Dublin.

Recently described as ‘a unique presence in the Irish literary scene’, Máighréad will be performing mostly new material on March 16th.

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Spoke #1 debrief

Thanks to all the performers for a great first Spoke!  We had personal calamities in poetry and prose, a severed thumb, poets standing up for classical learning and improbable Old Testament fertility, crosswords, phone sex, love and butterflies, attics, blood donations, suicides, and nights in white satin.  Special thanks to our guest Jill Battson (catch her in Cork at O’Bheal on Monday 20th February if you’re down that way) and to the Irish Writers Centre.

We’d love to have the odd musician as well as spoken word artists, so if you sing or play, join us on Friday 16th March at 7.30pm. BE SPOKE for a great start to your holiday weekend.

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