The Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation 4

A series of 12 poetry films commissioned by the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation, in collaboration with 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.

Films featuring Seán Hewitt, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, FeliSpeaks, Evgeny Shtorn, Theo Ndlovu (Touché) and ATMOS Collective were all filmed in Coole Park, Co Galway as part of DruidGregory, Druid’s celebration of the life and work of Lady Augusta Gregory.
The films featuring Nithy Kasa, Sasha Terfous, Kayssie K and Daggo Hart were filmed in Dublin in collaboration with Poetry Ireland.

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.

Kayssie K reads her poem “My Sister as a Body” and Theo Ndlovu reads “The Fisherman” by WB Yeats.

Kayssie K (Christie Kandiwa) was born in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, and grew up in a small mountainous city called Mutare. At the age of eight, she moved to Dublin, Ireland, and later to Bray, where her poem “My Sister as a Body” is set.

Having grown up in a musical family, songwriting came to her naturally at first. When she began studying poems by poets like Emily Dickinson and Maya Angelou, she saw new potential for her art.

A poet and singer-songwriter, K blends her Zimbabwean cultural heritage and her Irish upbringing in her work. Much of her creative output intertwines Southern African myths and local languages, while also giving glimpses of nature in all its forms.

In K’s recent works, she explores the stretches and beauty of being a black woman in modern-day Ireland, as well as what it truly means to be a diaspora baby.

In 2019, K was published in Dedalus Press’s anthology Writing Home: The ‘New Irish’ Poets. She was selected as one of Poetry Ireland’s Versify 2019 poets, and she was a panelist for the IASIL Conference 2019 event “Are We Doing Diversity Justice?”. She has been published in spaces including Seventh Wave, Unapologetic, and Boston Accent Lit. She founded youth arts collective Royal Integrity while still a teenager. She currently works as a copywriter and studies business and marketing at Dublin’s Institute of Public Administration.

Theophilus Ndlovu, a.k.a. Touché, is a songwriter, rapper, and producer. He has been DJing and making music since the age of 15.

Theo gets musical inspiration and motivation from the people around him. Ndlovu, who is based in Galway, writes about where he's been, where he is, and where he's going.

Filmed by Matthew Thompson
Images by Matthew Thompson