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glór Young Curators’ Programme: Poetry on the Streets

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1 – 2.30pm Streets of Ennis Free of charge
STUDIO 6pm €8 + €1 Booking fee

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This unique poetry event takes place from 1 – 2.30pm on the streets of Ennis and will move in to glór’s intimate studio at 6pm. (Places limited) 

For this celebration of vibrant new voices, glór’s Young Curators have invited poets living around the country to give us a taste of their style.

Jim Crickard’s writing is irreverent and funny. In one poem, he casts an army of the heterosexuals trying a pride parade on for size, and doesn’t waste a line.  Michelle Delea invites the listener to get lost in an experience. Her alternately playful and dream-like poems seem to slow down time. Lauren McNamara practically invented the quarter-life crisis. Her work is poignant, uplifting and funny. 

Michelle Delea is an architectural designer and trans-disciplinary creative from Cork city. She is a founding member of DOSE, an event-based platform for music artists. She has recently made her directorial debut with The Sprawling Octopus of an Elevated Highway, a short documentary film. Michelle has been a regular contributor to local artist collectives, which have featured her poetry, visual art, performance art, choreography and architectural works. She has performed at multiple festivals throughout Ireland and internationally. Michelle is an advocator of collaboration and maintains an experimental approach to the arts.

Jim Crickard is a poet from North Kerry living in Cork City. His poetry is camp, entertaining work exploring culture, sexuality and identity. In 2022 he performed alongside other artists in the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. In 2022, an installation of his poem ‘Sex in the Housing Crisis’ was made by Cork City Council and Cork City Library in Tramore Valley Park, Cork City. In 2020, his work was broadcasted on RTE Arena, he performed at the First Fortnight Festival, and represented Cork in the Cork-Coventry Twin Exchange. As part of the exchange, he released a chapbook, Southern Syllables, co-authored by Molly Twomey.  In 2019 Poetry Ireland selected him for Versify and he performed at Dublin Fringe. He placed second in the 2019 All Ireland Poetry Slam Final (and is working through his feelings about it with his therapist). His work is published in Automatic Pilot, A New Ulster, and Contemporary Poetry.

Lauren McNamara is a poet and playwright from Limerick. She is a former Munster Slam Champion and two-time All-Ireland Slam runner-up. She has won several awards for her poetry and plays such as the Limerick Fringe Spirit of the Fringe award and the Galway Fringe Spoken word award. She has written and performed two spoken word plays; Quarter Life Crises (2018) and Hello My Name is Single (2019).  She has performed at festivals such as Glastonbury and Indiependence. Her work has been published widely and has been seen on national TV and radio. She has also given an invited lecture on performance poetry in Columbia University in New York City.

glór is proud to present an ambitious programme of events produced by young curators, Mary Nagle and Fiona O’ Connell. Early in 2022, glór, as part of the NASC venue network initiative announced the appointment of two Young Curators, Mary Nagle from Corofin, Co. Clare and Fiona O’Connell from Cratloe, Co. Clare. These Young Curators were tasked with developing a programme of work by young people for young people to be presented at glór from September to November 2022.

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