Thursday 17 October 2019

Fine words: Writers work with Scottish poets to explore cultural links

Links: Fiona Hyslop, Scottish cabinet secretary for culture (left) and Culture Minister Josepha Madigan with Aidan Kiernan, Chloe Devlin and Megan Rodgers, all aged 15, and Susan Kirby, CEO of St Patrick’s Festival (right).
Links: Fiona Hyslop, Scottish cabinet secretary for culture (left) and Culture Minister Josepha Madigan with Aidan Kiernan, Chloe Devlin and Megan Rodgers, all aged 15, and Susan Kirby, CEO of St Patrick’s Festival (right).
Claire Murphy

Claire Murphy

Poets from Scotland and Ireland will collaborate with young writers to explore roots and links between the two countries as part of a new cultural initiative.

The Words That Bind Us project - which is part of the St Patrick's Festival this year - will see students participate in a series of workshops and masterclasses with poets including Felispeaks, Dagogo Hart, John Cummins and Laureate na nÓg Sarah Crossan.

The students will then perform their own original spoken word pieces in front of a live audience on the Axis Ballymun stage.

They will also be performing their works on the Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Poetry Trail as part of the 2019 St Patrick's Festival programme. Karen Walshe, St Patrick's Festival artistic director, has invited Irish spoken word artist Stephen James Smith and Scottish poet Leyla Josephine to work as 'poets in residence' at Axis in Ballymun, collaborating with 20 teenagers from Trinity Comprehensive.

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