|Saturday April 25th||10am – 1pm||€40|
If you are a writer at any level and are interested in performing at open mic sessions/storytelling sessions, or you would like to improve the delivery of your material at readings, this one-day workshop in giving readings and performances that engage audiences – will give you the tools you need to do it with confidence. This workshop looks at the three things to be aware of in reading/performing – ourselves, our audience and the “stage”. It will utilize lecture, discussion, demonstration and – above all – practice (requiring participants bring work and be prepared to read it!). It covers the storytelling tradition, knowing your audience, the practical elements of presentation – use of the voice/body, and preparation (including dealing with being nervous).
Raven is a Californian spoken word artist living in Ireland. His poetry has appeared in print in the U.S. and Ireland in magazines, anthologies and in his collection The Living, the Dead and Americans. The soul of his work, however, is in performance, beginning with street theatre in his native San Francisco in the late 90s and continuing in Ireland with solo performance and as an MCs in the improvisational jazz/hip hop band Mixtapes From The Underground. In the nine years since moving to Ireland he has become one of the most popular and highly regarded performing word artists in the country, being awarded Balcony TV’s Best Alternative Performer in 2008, featuring on the spoken word stages of Irish festivals (Electric Picnic, Body & Soul, Flat Lake and Waterford Literary festivals, Lingo, etc.), and performing on the radio (RTE and Newstalk). He has also performed internationally in the U.S., U.K. and South Africa. A self-styled “urban nature poet”, much of his work addresses the juxtaposition of (and conflicts between) the worlds of concrete and earth, as well as reflecting on matters of spirit and identity politics.