Thursday February 20, 2020

Word up: why the Arts Council needs to do more

Melissa Ridge is a poet and the co-founder of a new agency for spoken word artists. Here, she argues that the Arts Council should recognise spoken word as an art form to embrace

17th March, 2019
Melissa Ridge: ‘As a community of artists, we address issues close to the heart of the nation’

The spoken word community in Ireland is a budding network of event facilitators, festival curators, writers and performers. Speaking generally, it is no secret that there is little money to be made in spoken word, and this is not so surprising when you learn there is slim to none financial backing to begin with.

As artists, we look to the Arts Council to support our network of events that promote community activity, oral traditions, literature,...

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