City gears up to host its first All-Ireland Poetry Slam Final

Conor O'Kane (aka Teknopeasant), winner of Derry's 2011 All-Ireland Poetry Slam Heat, goes on to perform in the Grand Final on December 7. (2511JC7)
Conor O'Kane (aka Teknopeasant), winner of Derry's 2011 All-Ireland Poetry Slam Heat, goes on to perform in the Grand Final on December 7. (2511JC7)

This year, and for the first time, the final heat of the All-Ireland Poetry Slam will be hosted right here in Derry city.

Eight of the country’s best slam poets (all winners and runners-up in the regional heats-which took place earlier in the year) will be travelling to the city in order to go head-to-head in a fast and furious spoken-word poetry contest at Sandinos Bar. The winner will emerge as the prestigious All-Ireland Poetry Slam champion for 2011/12.

Derry’s Conor O’Kane (aka Teknopeasant) and Belfast’s Seamus Fox will go into poetic battle representing Ulster. Representing Munster will be Mary O’Connell and the hilariously entertaining Fergus Costello.

Sarah Clancy, a poet and activist based in Galway, will team up with Seamus Barra O’Suillebhan, representing Connacht, and finally Karl Parkinson and John Cummins will be the representatives of team Leinster.

Karl, who performs regularly throughout the Dublin circuit and beyond, said of the grand final: “I’m looking forward to having some fun and entertaining the Derry crowd along with the best slammers of the year and hopefully bring the crown back to Dublin!”

The organisers would like to invite all to attend and show support for this event, which is a highlight in the nation-wide literary calendar. Organiser Abby Oliveira said: “We had a great turn out to the Derry heat, which was held in September in the Craft Village Cottage; a raucous, appreciative and attentive audience! The atmosphere was electric. So please do come down to Sandinos for the final and we’ll do it all again!”

This event will take place at Sandinos Bar on Water Street on Wednesday, December 7, 8pm (sharp!)

Entry will be by donation - all proceeds will go towards covering the expense of the event.