Spoken Word: Stories inspired by hometowns, rage, love and van-life | Dagogo Hart, Jan Brierton and Fran Cassidy at The Living Room


Spoken Word: Stories inspired by hometowns, rage, love and van-life | Dagogo Hart, Jan Brierton and Fran Cassidy at The Living Room Date/Time
Date(s) - 28/04/2022
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Living Room





Drogheda Arts Festival welcomes artists Dagogo HartJan Brierton and Fran Cassidy for an evening of spoken word, hosted by writer and curator Dani Gill.

Dagogo Hart is a Dublin based poet, writer, and spoken word artist whose words have wowed audiences from bar basements to electric picnic stages. He started performing in Dublin in 2016 in open mics and poetry slams, which saw him win the Slam Sunday grand slam and become an All Ireland poetry slam finalist. Since then he has performed for festivals like Electric Picnic, St. Patricks, Dublin Fringe, Drogheda literary festival, Cuirt International Poetry Festival, and First fortnight. He is one-third of the collective WeAreGriot; A poetry collective that curates art events around poetry. His personal works include; The Home Project (a series of poetry films), RedBeard Paddy (a poetry short film), See True (a spoken word variety show) and Boy Child (a spoken-word play), the last two co-written with FeliSpeaks, Talkatives;  a hip-hop and poetry slam as part of WeAreGriot. His poetry is inspired by his hometown in Lagos, Nigeria, and his experience since moving to Ireland. Dagogo recently performed as part Droichead Arts Centre’s Solo programme.

Jan Brierton is a freelance fashion stylist from Dublin. When COVID restrictions led Jan to assume the full-time role of teacher, playground chaperone, cook, cleaner and general entertainer she was inspired to write and share a poem about her experience. Her first book What Day Is It? Who gives a f*ck, a collection of her lockdown poems, was published in June 2021 by New Island Books. Before the COVID-19 global pandemic, Dubliner Jan was working as a freelance fashion stylist and creative director. Now, she is an experienced home school teacher, playground chaperone, cook, cleaner, fed-up walker and kitchen disco DJ. What Day Is It? Who gives a f*ck expresses all the rage, loss, fun and love that have stunned and occupied us since March 2020.

Fran Cassidy is an award-winning filmmaker, photographer and poet from Dublin. His candid, sometimes humorous narrative poetry is influenced by a punk ethic. His work incorporates experiences growing up in Ireland in the 1970s and 80s, decades in Dublin city centre working in drugs and homeless services, living full time in his van, travelling to festivals, the joys of league of Ireland football, and most recently his time as a full-time carer for his elderly parents in their final years. He currently lives and travels with his beautiful rescue lurcher Dicey who keeps him pretty much on the straight and narrow.

Dani Gill, writer and curator, and Artistic Director of Ennis Book Festival,  and known for her work nationally as the Director of The Lighthouse Project, Match in the Dark.  Previous roles include Artistic Director of Cuirt International Festival of Literature Galway.   Dani is also curator for the LIVE Network, and is the Literature Audience Development Officer for the Droichead Arts Centre. Her poetry collection After Love was made into a stage show that premiered at the Galway International Arts Festival in 2021 and will tour in Ireland and America in 2023.


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