RAVEN ON HOME
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For the halfway point for Season 2 Melissa and Melanie sit down with the acclaimed Raven.

Raven is a multi-disciplinary artist – writer, performer, filmmaker and arts educator originally from San Francisco, California, now living in Dublin.

In addition to being an Emmy award-winning videographer, his written work has appeared in print in the U.S. and Ireland in numerous anthologies, magazines and in his collection, The Living, the Dead and Americans. He is also an acclaimed performer, having captivated audiences as a poet, rapper and actor on stages at literary, music and arts festivals and events in Ireland, the US, South Africa and the UK for twenty years.

As an educator he has taught workshops and courses in poetics, creative writing and filmmaking for even longer; he has worked with children and adults, often with special needs or challenges. He has given private instruction, lectures and taught in diverse settings, in Ireland and abroad – the Junior Certificate School Program (eleven Dublin schools), Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (Dublin), National Institute for Intellectual Disabilities (Trinity College, Dublin), National Council for the Blind in Ireland (Dublin), Creativity Explored (San Francisco), and University of Kwazulu-Natal (Durban, South Africa), amongst others

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Raven & The Crone

Produced by Willem McCarthy

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TARI TAKAVARASHA ON RHYME, RHYTHM & RACE
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In this episode Melissa and Melanie sit down with Tari Takavarasha one of the poets who will be joining us on our Sunshine Tantrum Tour and discuss the importance of good mentors, how rhyme and rhythm can shape a poem as well as expression as a mixed race woman.

Produced by Willem McCarthy

You can check out more from Tari here.
Tickets to see her on tour are here.

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PAULIE DOYLE ON REVISITING SPOKEN WORD
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In this episode we discuss the state of the Irish Spoken Word Industry and it’s longevity with Journalist Paulie Doyle, who recently wrote a piece on Spoken Word in Ireland for the Sunday Business Post.

Thank you to our producer Willem McCartney for recording this podcast.

Episode Links:

Takin the Mic at The Irish Writers Centre

OutStraight

Tangerine Magazine

A Piece on Insta Poets

National Poetry Writing Month

Rupi Kaur

Billy Childish

If you’d like to hear more from Paulie Visit:

https://twitter.com/BigPaulieDoyle

https://pauliedoyle.contently.com/

https://www.vice.com/en_uk/contributor/paulie-doyle

https://www.dublininquirer.com/contributors/paulie-doyle

https://www.businesspost.ie/magazine/lifting-poetry-off-page-439158

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Bibi June on Spoken Word Theatre
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In this episode the two Mels chat to Bibi June!

Bibi June is a poet, producer and theatre maker originally from Amsterdam, now an import Glaswegian. Through personal experience, their work explores narratives of race, queerness, migration and social inequalities. They mix Glasgow’s down-to-earth culture with Dutch directness in an intimate high-energy performance.

In spring 2017 they received funding from the Workers Theatre to develop their first show, 'Daughter, Mother, Truth', as part of the Megaphone residency, created to promote artists of colour in Scotland. Their first pamphlet ‘Begin Again’ was published by Speculative Books in December 2017. It is a collection of poems on queer life and happiness. Their work has been published in the Beyond Boundaries, Now That’s What I Call Poetry and We Were Always Here anthologies. In 2018, they were part of the judging panel at the National Scottish Poetry Slam, were selected for the Young Arts Industry Programme at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and received both a Disrupter Grant and a Nurturing Talent fund.

They run ‘In The Works’, a spoken word theatre company co-founded with Ross McFarlane and Ellen Renton. ITW was set up to promote innovative spoken word theatre and develop an accessible, diverse and sustainable tradition for the art form. Their first production, A Matter of Time', debuted as part of the Edinburgh Free Fringe 2017. Their second show ‘The 900 Club’ received 4 and 5 star reviews from The Wee Review and The Sunday Post, and SGFringe respectively for its run at the Scottish Poetry Library as part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2018. It has since been performed in Glasgow, Perth and Nottingham. Their newest show, Make/Shift, is currently touring spoken word events across the UK & Ireland.


If you’d like to hear more from Bibi Visit:

https://www.facebook.com/BibiJunePoetry/

https://www.twitter.com/BibiJuneS/

https://www.instagram.com/beebeejune/

https://www.intheworkstheatre.com/

The 900 Club


You can buy Begin Again here

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