All Together Now – All Curious Minds – Spoken Word Area

All Together Now – All Curious Minds – Spoken Word Area

August Bank Holiday Weekend / 3rd, 4th, 5th Aug 2018

Details have just dropped of the Spoken Word events at the All Together Now Festival and we thought we’d share them with the class. It’s an interesting mix with Will Self, Reggie Watts, Suggs and Saul Williams the bigger names of the event. Could be a good diversion if you can tear yourself away from the music. Could the good weather last until then? We shall see…

Curraghmore Estate, County Waterford



Neil Hilborn // Tongue Fu // Kevin Barry // Leni Zumas // Stephen James Smith & Joshua Burnside // Headstuff Lectures w/ Kevin McGahern and Eve Darcy // Abby Oliveira //  Mango Dassle // Mia Gallagher //John Cummins and Shakalak // Jasmine Gardosi // Colm Keegan // Grace Dyas // Erin Fornoff // Oisin McKenna // Elaine Feeney / ATN Poetry Slam with MC Colm O’Regan//  Brownbread Mixtape // Anna Cosgrave // Richie Sadlier // Joe Caslin // Sarah Davis Goff // Sarah Maria Griffin /Dylan Coburn Gray // Stephen Murphy // Clara Rose Thornton/ Mod Words Cork // Waterford LIT // Juvenalia Podcast // Ashoka Changemakers // Alan Nolan // Paul Timoney

With just 4 weeks to go, sunshine in the offing for the bank holiday weekend, a stunning site – and so much to see, hear and do, we are excited to announce All Curious Minds.

On the front lawns of Curraghmore House, overlooking the picturesque lake we bring together an array of beautiful minds, poets, passionate performers, artists and artisans to create the programme All Curious Minds, curated by Linda Devlin.

“All Curious Minds is about creating a space full of possibility; taking risks and asking the audience to come with you. Sometimes the best experiences at a festival come from finding something beautiful that you weren’t necessarily looking for, and so this programme is as much about local young poets and rising talent as it is about more established artists. We have over 50 diverse speakers and artists featuring spoken word poetry, rap, collaborations with musicians, readings and panels with authors of fiction and non-fiction, journalists, theatre makers and podcasters – from Waterford LIT youth and an ATN Poetry Slam, to acclaimed author Will Self and a spoken word show from the legendary Suggs.

All Curious Minds is about extraordinary ideas, a celebration of growth and a communion through art”.  – Linda Devlin, All Curious Minds Curator


Reggie Watts is an internationally renowned vocal artist/ beatboxer/ musician/ comedian who wows audiences with his live performances which are 100% improvised. Using his formidable voice, looping pedals, and his vast imagination, Reggie blends and blurs the lines between music and comedy. No two performances are the same and to that end, “genius” is the word most often used to describe Reggie Watts.


English novelist, journalist, political commentator and television personality, Will Self is one of the UK’s most prolific and high-profile writers. He has authored over 20 books of fiction and journalism. Novels such as ‘The Book of Dave’ and ‘Umbrella’ were met with critical acclaim, with the latter being shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize.

Self has also been a long-standing public commentator on urbanism and the built environment, having released ‘Sore Sites’ in 2000, a collection of his column pieces written for ‘Building Design’ magazine, and ‘Psychogeography’ in 2007, a collection documenting his long urban walks exploring the psychology of place. Self’s latest novel ‘Phone’ concludes this ‘epic and highly ambitious modernist trilogy, and could well be his finest work to date.’ (Building Design)


Vertigo on the roof of Buckingham Palace. Nearly blowing the closing ceremony of the Olympics. Watching his underpants fall to earth on Bowie’s driveway. Things have gone a smidge surreal since the Madness frontman was a twelve year old in shorts on the tough streets of North London. Constantly expecting that inevitable tap on the shoulder to hear ‘what are you doing here, Sunshine?’ how has he got this far? In this business you can be washed up at any minute. How has he managed to get away with it for so long? Fame is a tightrope and Suggs has fallen off many times. But for all the near death experiences he takes great solace in the words of the Greek philosopher, Blondie: the tide is high, but I’m holding on…’


After gaining global fame for his poetry and writings at the turn of the century, New York native Williams has performed in over 30 countries and read in over 300 universities, with invitations that have spanned from the White House, the Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Center, The Louvre, The Getty Center, Queen Elizabeth Hall, to countless, villages, townships, community centers, and prisons across the world. We are thrilled to have him joining us at All Curious Minds


This is a brunch of champions! Join Reggie Watts and Saul Williams on the front lawn at noon on Saturday and Sunday of All Together Now. Taking place on the Belonging Bandstand situated on the lawns in front of Curraghmore House. Grab a Bloody Mary and some delicious breakfast at Carousel and enjoy!

Categories: Books, Festivals, Header, Music

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