My First Slam
I started out as a slam poet back in 2009 and cut my teeth performing in noisy bars. The scene was small and we were just finding our feet, it took many years to get there. At this time, slams were the only way to get to perform spoken word. My first slam was the Derry Heat of the All-Ireland Slam 2009, held in Café Del Mondo. I performed a piece called ‘Lipstick’. In 2019, I was asked to bring an early piece to Edinburgh Fringe Festival to perform it with Loud Poets, it was my first ever spoken word piece.
My introduction to spoken word and all it can do, the fantastic possibilities, came from ‘The Sunday Session’, organised by Echo Echo Dance and Theatre Company. Back then, I had been writing Gothic/Horror prose and sharing these gruesome tales to a wonderfully supportive room full of arts practitioners from a variety of disciplines.