POETIC LICENCE: FeliSpeaks + Dyrt
In this episode, Ireland’s Edge host Chris Kissane explores the past, present and future of spoken word poetry in Ireland with two of its most exciting and original practitioners, FeliSpeaks and Dyrt.
Felicia Olusanya, known as FeliSpeaks, is changing the face of poetry in Ireland. A Nigerian-Irish poet from Longford, she began performing at poetry slams and spoken word events while a student in Maynooth, where she now lives. Her work poignantly confronts issues of identity, race, gender and more in a strikingly individual style.
Spoken word poetry is one of the most ancient art forms, and it was particularly important in ancient Irish oral culture. The Limerick spoken word artist and rapper Shane Davis, who performs as Dyrt, has explored how spoken word can offer a new way of exploring ancient Irish myths and legends.
Note: This episode contains some bad language.