Felispeaks - VISUAL

VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art &
The George Bernard Shaw Theatre


FELISPEAKS is a Nigerian-Irish Poet, Performer, Playwright from Co. Longford, based in Maynooth town. She is currently featured on the Leaving Certificate English Ordinary Level Curriculum with her poem ‘For Our Mothers' for examination year 2023. FELISPEAKS was commissioned by RTE in 2020 with the poem 'Still' about Ireland’s response to the COVID pandemic. In recent events, FELISPEAKS has performed at National Concert Hall: Notes from A Quiet Land as well as various online livestreamed events and symposiums including Createfest, Maynooth University Social Justice Week, Irish Arts Centre New York Halloween Event, NUIG’s Translating the Neighbourhood, Beatfreeks Poetry Jam, Spotlight: Éire to the World, Firegilders with Poetry Ireland, Concern online events, and POD’s Festival of Now. She was a member of Dublin International Film Festival’s Festival Retrospective Committee, curating works. She has been a board member of Poetry Ireland since June 2020. Felicia has been nominated ‘Best Performer’ by Dublin Fringe Festival Sep. 2018 judged for her performance in ‘BOYCHILD’, a co-written play by Dagogo Hart and herself. FELISPEAKS has also had the opportunity to perform her poetry at Concern’s 50th Anniversary in Dublin Castle in September 2018 that included speakers such as UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J. Mohammed, President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins, President Bill Clinton and Former President of Ireland Mary Robinson. FELISPEAKS has also been honoured with an award by the (APNI) African Professional Network of Ireland for her unique contribution to the art scene in Dublin City, December 2017.

FELISPEAKS is member of WeAreGriot, a poetry collective consisting of herself, Dagogo Hart & Samuel Yakura - curating poetry/rap events - Talkatives, writing plays. FELISPEAKS is currently enjoying creating poetry and performance pieces that always promise to introduce her audience to the journey of emotion in every story. Honoured to share her thought processes about life’s experiences and her passions on stage, FELISPEAKS hopes to inspire thought, excitement and perspective.

FELISPEAKS has graced some prestigious stages such as National Concert Hall, Dublin Castle, opening for THISISPOPBABY’S RIOT show and Kate Tempest on the Vicar St stage as well as for Saul Williams on the Sugar Club stage, Olympia Theatre in response to Repeal the 8th, Theatre Stage at Electric Picnic, Smock Alley Theatre in 2018 and 2019. FELISPEAKS has also participated in festivals such as Mother Tongues Festival (Talkatives, February 2020 Tallaght); Women and Children First in Ghent, Belgium March 2020; St. Patrick’s Festival 2018, 2019, 2020; First Fortnight Festival, Dublin 2018, 2020; Dublin Fringe Festival 2018, 2019; Wexford Literary Festival 2019; Cuirt International Galway Festival 2019; Electric Picnic 2018; O’Bheal Winter Warmer Festival Cork 2018; National Concert Hall’s Notes from a Quiet Land 2021.