SEE x SEA | Mother Tongues

Family EventsFestivals

  • 22 Feb
  • 4pm - 5pm
  • Ages 12+
  • €5

A performance-poetry & music showcase adapted from the ongoing visual-poetry projects and works-in-progress by spoken-word performer Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi titled “Madness as a Moving Form”, and Irish-Zimbabwean singer-songwriter and poet Christie Kandiwa titled “Mwana Wedu” (Our Child). The show is a celebration of black womanhood which will challenge the existing dialogue around gender equality, migration and multiculturalism in Ireland today.

A poet and singer-songwriter, Christie Kandiwa was born in Zimbabwe and raised in Ireland. Her work is influenced by blending her Zimbabwean cultural heritage and her Irish upbringing and intertwines Southern-African myths and local languages and forms. As well as being published in Dedalus Press Writing Home: The ‘New Irish’ Poets Anthology, her work was selected for Poetry Ireland’s Versify 2019 and she was a panelist for the I ASIL 2019 Conference event: “Are We Doing Diversity Justice?”.

Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi is a Lagos-born and Dublin-based writer, editor, performer, and arts facilitator. She co-organised and chaired the panel event, “Are We Doing Diversity Justice” along with UCD Ph.D. scholar Emma Penny, for the I ASIL 2019 Conference. She is completing an MA in Cultural Policy & Arts Management at UCD. Her work is published in both online and print journals – notably Poetry International, Poetry Ireland Review 129, RTÉ Poetry Programme, Smithereens Press, The Bohemyth, The Irish Times, and the anthologies The Art of the Glimpse: 100 Irish Short Stories (Head of Zeus 2020, edited by Sinéad Gleeson) and Writing Home: The ‘New Irish’ Poets (Dedalus Press 2019, co-edited by Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi & Pat Boran). She was the 2019 recipient of the Poetry Ireland Access Cúirt Bursary.