The Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation 5

A series of 12 poetry films from the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation, Poetry Ireland, and Druid, showcasing work by Ireland’s most exciting new poetic voices, as well as performances and new takes on classic Irish poetry.

Dagogo Hart reads “Paper Planes” and FeliSpeaks reads “When You Are Old” by WB Yeats.

Dagogo Hart is a Dublin-based poet, writer, playwright, performer, and spoken-word artist. Hart’s poetry is inspired by his hometown in Lagos and his experiences since moving to Ireland.

Originally from Lagos, Nigeria, Hart started working with words at the age of 13. In secondary school, he was part of a rap group, Domack, which helped him sharpen and improve his writing skills.

In 2010, Hart received a scholarship to study in Ireland for a year of medical school preparation. The next year, Hart began attending University College Cork’s pharmacy programme. He continued to write, switching from rap to poetry, and was published in the University College Cork’s Motley magazine and The Moth.

In 2016, Hart moved to Dublin, where he began his career as a spoken-word poet. In 2017, he won the Slam Sunday Grand Slam, qualifying him to perform at Electric Picnic as part of the Cúirt festival, and became an All Ireland poetry slam finalist. Since then, he has performed for festivals including Mother Tongues, St. Patrick’s Festival, Dublin Fringe, Drogheda Arts, Spirit of Folk, Body & Soul, and First Fortnight.

Felicia Olusanya, a.k.a. FeliSpeaks, was born in Ogun State in southwestern Nigeria. She and her mother moved to Longford, in 2003, when she was eight years old.

Before finding a permanent home, they lived for six months at the Baleskin direct provision centre in Dublin. She was introduced to poetry while young and began jotting down her own poetry in a “book of thoughts” at age twelve.

FeliSpeaks first came to the poetry stage after a slam competition that led her to represent Maynooth University in an intervarsity slam. Through the slam circuit, she established herself as a poet, performer, and playwright. In 2018, she co-wrote her first play, Boy Child, with Dagogo Hart.

FeliSpeaks performed at Concern Worldwide's 50th Anniversary celebration in Dublin Castle alongside guests and speakers such as former U. S. President Bill Clinton, President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins, and United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed.

FeliSpeaks is represented in the 2021–2023 Leaving Certificate English Language curriculum with her poem "For Our Mothers.”

A newly appointed board member of Poetry Ireland as of August 2020, FeliSpeaks is also a member of Dublin City Council Culture Company’s Culture Advisory Panel.

This selection of gorgeously captured poetry films is a celebration of beloved poems of Irish history as well as the diverse and thriving poetry of the present day.

Over the course of six days, viewers can tune in to experience Ireland’s most exciting new poetic voices reading their own work, as well as that of the poets who inspired them.

Subjects span the personal and universal, touching on broad human themes that include immigration, inspiration, and our relationship with the natural world.

Two new poetry films will be streamed each day over six days in partnership with the St. Patrick’s Festival.

Filmed by Matthew Thompson
Images by Matthew Thompson