Out of Silence: An Evening of Resistance Poetry

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Repeal LK presents Out of Silence: An Evening of Resistance Poetry featuring Sarah Clancy, Matt Kennedy, Aisling Ní Chionnaoith, and Clara Rose Thornton. This event will look at different perspectives of reproductive rights through poetry and will challenge us to look at the Repeal movement through an intersectional lens.

Friday 2 February, 7-9pm

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Admission: €5 with proceeds in aid of Need Abortion Ireland.

Sarah Clancy is a page and performance poet from Galway. Her most recent collection The Truth and Other Stories was published by Salmon Poetry in 2014. She has two previous collections to her name; Stacey and the Mechanical Bull (Lawping Press, 2011) and Thanks for Nothing, Hippies (Salmon Poetry, 2012). She has been placed or shortlisted in several of Ireland’s most prestigious written poetry competitions including the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize, The Listowel Collection of Poetry Prize, and the Patrick Kavanagh Award. Her work has been published in the US, Canada and UK, and in translation in Poland, Slovenia, Mexico and Italy. In 2015 she won the Bogman’s Cannon Irish People’s Poet award. In 2016 she was the Lingo Festival Poet Laureate.

Matt Kennedy is a queer activist from Cork. Since beginning his undergraduate degree, Matt has involved himself in various forms of activism, mainly pertaining to trans rights. He is currently studying a MA in Gender Studies in UCD, and is using his thesis to focus on trans existence and trauma through queer performances. His medium of discussion surrounding his activism stems from his creative writing in the form of poetry and spoken word. Through his poetry he speaks openly about his own transition, his parents’ rejection, reproductive justice and the difficulties facing trans people and all those who grew up queer in the cis/heteronormative society created in Ireland.

Aisling Ní Chionnaoith is a disabled Irish writer based in Limerick City. Brought up in Athlone, she studied History and Celtic Civilisation at UCD, where she also worked at the National Folklore Collections. She attended writing workshops run by then-Ireland Chair of Poetry Paula Meehan, and participated in the Irish Poetry Reading Archive at UCD. In 2016 she was shortlisted for the Roscommon New Writing Award and placed second in the Red Line Poetry Competition. She was published in the Irish Times New Writing in 2017. Her poetry often deals with themes of history, faith, identity and belonging, or the lack of it.

Clara Rose Thornton is a spoken word artist, culture journalist, event organiser, and broadcaster. Her work focuses on the arts and their intersection with social justice, identity politics, history, and place. In Ireland, she is a film critic for Arena on RTÉ Radio 1, and discusses film, race and culture on the like of The Ryan Tubridy Show and Morning Edition on RTÉ 1. She is the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Leinster Poetry Slam Champion. She performs her provocative spoken word at festivals and venues across Europe. Her arts and culture criticism is published internationally, including in the Irish Independent and Irish Times. She is Chicago-born, New York-simmered, Dublin-dwelling.

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