SPREADING THE WORD: THE POLITICAL POWER OF POETRY.
- Thursday 17th
The Icon Factory
3 Aston Place
Tickets: Free but booking essential
This lecture will address the topic of the political power of poetry by poet and playwright Alice Kinsella followed by a performance of spoken word by contemporary poets.
Poetry does not just belong on the page, poetry belongs in our mouths, our ears and our politics. The generation that felt the full pelt of post Celtic Tiger pain, modern Ireland is more invested in LGBT rights, women’s rights and mental health awareness than any time before.
At a time of socio-political upheaval, the passion for change that is driving this generation has created a new wave of politically spurred poetry. A spike in the popularity of the medium shows us that poetry is, more than ever, in the position to be the ‘voice of the people’, combining art, politics and the voice of the individual into an entertaining medium that can make a difference.
Alice Kinsella is an internationally published poet, playwright and editor from Dublin. Her poetry has been published in The Independent, Galway Review, Skylight47, Poethead, to name a few. Her debut play ‘The Passing’, which dealt with topics of social degeneration and mental health, toured Ireland.