29th September 2015, Tuesday
Gyaan Adab stood witness to a Young Poet Laureate performing her work on a pleasant evening here at the Centre.
A sound brings alive a word, gets it off the page and resonates sit with the reader or the viewers. Aisling Fahey managed to create a magic medley of words and imagination as she weaved poems to life and enthralled the audience for the duration of the evening. “I want to make poetry more visible and more accessible, working with groups that don’t normally get the chance to express themselves. Sharing my own journey and providing them with an effective way to articulate their experiences,” she said. Mentored by English poets, Sharon Oakes, Bob Hicok and Joelle Taylor since she was 13, Fahey's poem revolve around journeys- metaphorical and physical. For instance, she narrated one of her poems in which she narrated the exchange between a cab driver and the passengers.
About the poet: Aisling Fahey was appointed as the Young Poet Laureate of London in October 2014 by Lemn Sissay on National Poetry Day in the UK. Acting as a voice for young Londoners, Aisling has completed residencies at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the Free Word Centre. She is a Slambassadors Youth Champion and London Teenage Poetry Senior Slam Winner. She has performed to a wide range of audiences across the UK, from Glastonbury Festival to Tate Britain, Battersea Arts Centre and Royal Festival Hall. She was a member of the Barbican Young Poets. Aisling performed as part of the St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Trafalgar Square and was also the Walthamstow Mayor’s guest of Honour at the homecoming party for X Factor. She also wowed the audience at Boris Johnson’s London Means Business dinner.
Watch the evening on our Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjsY3g67V5I