The Spoken Word Artists Profiles

FeliSpeaks (aka Felicia Olusanya) is a young Nigerian-Irish spoken word poet, performance artist and writer. She has recently been nominated ‘Best Performer’ by Dublin Fringe Festival Sep. 2018 Judges for her performance in ‘BOYCHILD’, a co-written play. Felicia has also been honoured with an award by the (APNI) African Professional Network of Ireland December 2017for her unique contribution to the art scene in Dublin City. Felispeaks has her mind set on changing poetry as performed and received in Ireland.

Cursed Murphy, aka Peter Murphy, is a spoken word performer and writer from Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. He released his first single ‘Foxhole Prayer’ last September (selected by Hot Press as their featured track of the day), and is currently recording his debut album with his live ensemble the Resistance, plus long-time collaborators Dan Comerford, Johnny Fox, The Man Whom and Basciville. He has previously released two spoken word/music albums with the Revelator Orchestra, The Sounds of John the Revelator and The Brotherhood of the Flood, adapted from his acclaimed novels John the Revelator and Shall We Gather at the River (Faber). He recently served as writer-in -residence at Carlow College and as showrunner of the Seed to Stage spoken word mentoring programme, supported by Wexford County Council’s Arts Department and Wexford Arts Centre, as well as curating Cursed Murphy’s Laboratory, a hugely successful ongoing series of interdisciplinary arts events.

Erin Fornoff A native of the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina, Erin Fornoff is an American poet living and working in Dublin. She has been called a “story-telling poet,” “deliciously exotic,” and “as close to music as poetry gets.” She has performed her poems at major music festivals such as Glastonbury in the UK, and across Ireland at Electric Picnic and others such as Longitude, Knockanstockan, First Fortnight, Flatlakes, Tonehenge, and many others. Winner, StAnza Digital Slam 2013, 1st Prize for Poetry, The Cellar Door
3rd Prize, Strokestown International Poetry Award, Highly Commended, Over the Edge New Writer of the Year.

John Cummins Poetician, one of Ireland’s most unique voices, has brought his spoken word poetry to every corner of our isle. From festival fields to our national concert hall, John shares poetry that aims to highlight, uplift, and inspire. His words break down the border between audience and performer. John’s story is the story of us.

Zena O’Brien, Is a well known creative artist from Enniscorthy. Ever since she was a child, she loved drawing, painting, singing, writing poems. Recently you could hear some of her original songs in the Irish charts. Zena now runs her own business called Z.visuals creating imagery for business, entrepreneurs and artists.  Zena is a supporter of Mental Health Ireland. “I wanted to create a video, using a poem I never planned to show anyone, of awareness for world ‘Mental Health Day’ based on my experience with anxiety”. The video was a hit and it received over 100k views. Her inbox was flooded with messages from people who could relate to the words she wrote. Zena looks forward to sharing her spoken word again, although she is feeling very nervous about it. She looks forward to seeing you all there.