Galway 2020: Imagining Ireland

Curated by Sinéad Gleeson and Gary Sheehan, “Imagining Ireland” is a celebration of the recent groundswell of women’s voices in Irish literature, music and poetry. This event will bring together the best of those women, whom all have a lot to say! Guest will include SOAK, Radie Peat (Lankum), Lisa O’Neill, Sorcha Richardson, Denise Chaila, Sara Baume, Elaine Feeney and more.

Art-pop auteur, SOAK, creates emotionally probing songs of startling candor. Lisa O’Neill’s raw and unvarnished folk has won widespread praise and awards this year. With Lankum and solo, Radie Peat is one of the remarkable voices of new folk. Sorcha Richardson’s debut First Prize Bravery marks the arrival of a major new artist.

The words are just as vital as the music, the show gathers the leading lights of an acclaimed generation of writers to speak up. The cast Sara Baume (A Line Made by Walking), Sinéad Gleeson (Constellations), Sarah Moss (Ghost Wall)and acclaimed Galway poet Elaine Feeney whose debut novel, As You Were, is published in April 2020. Word and music meet in the work of Denise Chaila, a Zambian-Irish rapper, singer and poet hailing from Chikankata, Zambia and based in Limerick. Her music blends spoken word and rap to give voice to the sound of a transatlantic odyssey.

Imagining Ireland is an annual, specially-produced concert elucidating current themes and key artists in Irish culture. Imagining Ireland is presented at The National Concert Hall and The Barbican, London. Imagining Ireland at Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture is produced by NCH and supported by Culture Ireland and the British Council.