All Curious Minds


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Taking place 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 program 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…’

‘What a King Cnut Tour - One of the most original and engaging shows I've seen’ The Guardian


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!


American slam poetry star Neil Hilborn is a bestselling author, and with over 100 million views to his credit, he is the most-watched poet ever. His poem 'OCD' went viral around the world. He is the author of Our Numbered Days, published by Button Poetry Press, a book that Liam Neeson once called "Who are you and how did you get in my house."


Tongue Fu is one of the UK's leading spoken word shows. Poets, storytellers, rappers and comedians perform with jaw- dropping improvised soundtracks and films from the genre hopping Tongue Fu Band (Nostalgia 77, Jamie Cullum, Beardyman) and East London design studio CR&D. Created and hosted by poet Chris Redmond (Scroobius Pip’s Beatdown XFM; Pick Of The Week - BBC R4), it is a riotous experiment in live literature, music and improvisation. They'll be joined by two-time Lingo Poetry Slam champ Abby Oliveira and Fringe star Oisin McKenna.


You could say Ireland is a country that was written into existence and often the definition of who we are comes from the past. But who is giving voice to the Ireland of right now? Come join three of Ireland’s most exciting contemporary writers of prose, poetry and theatre, writing about the Ireland of today.


Kevin Barry is the author of the novel City of Bohane and two short story collections, Dark Lies the Island and There Are Little Kingdoms. He was awarded the Rooney Prize in 2007 and won The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize in 2012. For City of Bohane he was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and the Irish Book Award, and won the Authors Club First Novel Prize, The European Prize for Literature and the IMPAC Prize. Kevin’s latest novel Beatlebone was published in 2015 and won the Goldsmith’s Prize 2015.


Colm Keegan is a writer and poet from Dublin, Ireland. Since 2005, he has been shortlisted four times for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award, for both poetry and fiction and won the All Ireland Poetry Slam in 2010. His first book Don't Go There was released to critical acclaim in 2012. His new book Randomer is out now with Salmon Poetry.

Dylan Coburn Gray is a playwright and poet. His work has toured to New York, Moscow, and – most exciting of all – Cork city. His first play Boys and Girls was shortlisted for the Stewart Parker Trust award and won the Fishamble Best New Writing Award. His play Citysong won the 2017 Verity Bargate Award, and is in the process of being staged by Soho Theatre.


Dystopian works speak to the current political climate - these works serve as a kind of manual and warning, and are ever more vital. Join us for three pathbreaking writers as they explore the implications and lessons of their own future tales -- Leni Zumas, US author of Red Clocks, which Maggie Nelson called 'a way forward for fiction now', Sarah Maria Griffin, author of Spare and Found Parts, about a post-apocalyptic Dublin, and Sarah Davis-Goff, author of the upcoming Last Ones Left Alive, set in a dystopian Ireland.



Two of our island’s best contemporary artists come together for this special All Together Now collaboration.

Stephen James Smith is a Dublin poet and playwright central to the rise of Ireland’s contemporary spoken word scene. To date, his poetry videos have amassed over 1 million views online. In 2017 he was commissioned by St. Patrick’s Festival to write a new poem as a “celebratory narrative” of Ireland. The resultant piece ‘My Ireland’ has been viewed over 300,000 times online and was screened at London Film Festival. He has performed at many high profile events, such as Vicar Street, alongside Oscar winner Glen Hansard, and most recently alongside Ed Sheeran, Loah and many more at the London Irish Centre.

Joshua Burnside is an experimental folk artist based in Belfast, and the most recent recipient of the Northern Ireland Music Prize for his debut album ‘EPHRATA’, released last year. The album was highly praised by the The Sunday Times, Irish Times, State and The Thin Air as well receiving huge support from BBC 6 Music DJ’s Lauren Laverne, Tom Ravenscroft, Guy Garvey, and BBC Radio 1’s Phil Taggart and Huw Stephens.
‘Rumbling, brooding, powerful, magnetic’ - The Irish Times
‘It makes you glad to have a pair of working ears’ - Phil Taggart, BBC Radio 1


Dublin rap's brightest star, Mango joins us for an old fashioned cypher - with some regular rhymes thrown in. A former member of the ‘Animators’ collective, Mango has now stepped in to a more mature and unique sound that hasn’t been heard from Irish shores before. Raised on pirate radio tapes and Dublin Street culture, Mango carries the flag for the city. His first single ‘Badman’ produced by Dublin producer MathMan is a hard hitting, grime influenced street anthem. Catch his cameo and tunes in the hit Dublin Old School. He's joined by some of Ireland's finest hip hop heads.


Talks about stuff you didn't think you'd care about. Not mass, not school and definitely not Ted Talks. At HeadStuff Lectures a frog meme might be every bit as important as worldwide economic recession. Hosted by comedian Gearoid Farrelly and featuring two fascinating 'lectures' from fellow comedians Kevin McGahern and Eve Darcy.


John Cummins Poetician, has brought his spoken word poetry to every corner of our isle. From festival fields to our National Concert Hall, John shares poetry that aims to highlight, uplift, and inspire. His words break down the border between audience and performer. John's story is the story of us.

With a love for lyric and melody the driving force of their creativity, Shakalak is the brainchild of Cummins and musician Fin Divilly, joined by Jonathan Jude on electric guitar and David Meany on beats and keyboards.



A rousing mixture of debate and poetry from some of Ireland’s foremost poets, never afraid of speaking truth to power. Featuring Elaine Feeney, Stephen Murphy and Clara Rose Thornton.


Elaine Feeney is an award-winning writer from Galway. She has published three poetry collections with Salmon Poetry; Where’s Katie? (2010), The Radio was Gospel (2014) and Rise (2017). In 2016, Liz Roche Company commissioned Feeney to write for a national production to witness and record through dance, film and narrative, the physical experience of being a woman and bodily choice in Ireland.

Hailing from Leitrim, poet and writer Stephen Murphy has performed to over 100,000 people on the streets of Dublin as part of national political demonstrations. His work has been shared by leading figures in Irish politics and is featured in the RTE Documentaries ‘A Rebel Act- Poems That Shaped the Nation’ and ‘Independent’s Day’.

Clara Rose Thornton is a spoken word artist, journalist and RTÉ radio and television broadcaster. Her work focuses on the arts and their intersection with social justice, identity politics, history, and place. She is a multiple poetry slam champion, including the 2014/15/16 Leinster [Dublin] Slam Poetry Champion.


The Brownbread Mixtape is a madcap hodge-podge of music, spoken word and comedy hosted by Kalle Ryan. The show will feature the dulcet tones of Pearse McGloughlin and the Nocturnes, three-time Slam Champion and Glastonbury alum Jasmine Gardosi, Dublin-dwelling Appalachian-born poet Erin Fornoff, and the award-winning Brownbread Players. Come get your faces melted off by this true smorgasbord of magic talent.

Jasmine Gardosi is a former Cheltenham Poetry Festival, Mix It Up Midlands and International Pangaea Poetry Slam Champion. She has appeared on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb, BBC Asian Network and at Glastonbury Festival. She has been shortlisted for the Outspoken Poetry Prize for Performance and for Birmingham Poet Laureate 2016/18. A previous BBC Arts Young Creative and Poet in Residence at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, she has since worked on digital storytelling project New Birmingham and is currently collaborating with Autin Dance Theatre on a sexual health show combining dance and spoken word.


Facilitated by Anna Cosgrave (Repeal Project founder), with former professional footballer, street artist Joe Caslin and rapper Mango Dassle.


Representing hard for Munster, Modwords is a new electric open mic night sending art sparks across Cork City! You'll hear the finely crafted words of rising stars Alana Daly Mulligan, Anna Jordan, founder of Modwords, and Nicole Cooney. There's amazing poetry coming out of the People's Republic -- don't miss it.


Waterford’s ‘The Lit’, a festival of writing for young people, by young people, will be putting together a line up together some young, up and coming poets in the county to open for some our established artists.


Juvenalia is a nostalgic pop culture podcast hosted by Alan Maguire, Ellen Tannam, and Sarah Maria Griffin. In each episode, our guest picks an item of pop culture that they were obsessed with as a child and we all talk about it for 40 minutes to an hour.
Juvenalia has been included in several Podcast You Should Be Listening To-type lists in places like The Irish Times and Image magazine.


The bleak state of the world wrecking your buzz? Come and get lifted by some of Ireland's leading changemakers - from Steve Collins, a famine doctor who is ending malnutrition to Brendan Dunford, an ex-engineer who is protecting Burren biodiversity and helping farmers survive to Mick Kelly who left journalism to teach Ireland how to grow its own food. Hosted by Fiona Collins, Principal of Francis St CBS and EU Director of Changemaker Schools. Guaranteed to inform and inspire.


Paul’s storytelling abilities are like no one else you’ve heard – they are also like nothing else you’ve seen! The Man from Mullingar creates a wonderfully different story for each group lucky enough to sit in front of him. Paul is a kid-whisperer of the highest caliber. Squeals and peals of laughter are like a backing track to Paul’s unique stories! When the parents in the room are laughing as hard as the children then you know you’re onto a winner. Very few people can walk into a tent, start talking and have the whole room enthralled within two minutes.



Hosted by comedian Colm O’Regan, the All Together Now Poetry Slam will see top poets battle it out on the open mic for the inaugural ATN Slam Champion Prize. This high-energy event is an eclectic mix of everything from the comical to the contemporary, offering up some of Ireland’s best and most exceptional spoken word performance.





Created for children aged 7-11 and their grown-ups, Tongue Fu for Kids is jam packed with word play, improv, participation and musical wizardry. Delivered by poets, storytellers, rappers and the amazing Tongue Fu band, this show features storyteller and performer Jan Blake. Tongue Fu creator and frontman Chris Redmond is a regular at UK music and literature festivals and his experience as an educator includes work with CBBC, BBC 1Xtra and Apples & Snakes.


Brain Swap 3000 - Children’s workshop with author and illustrator Alan Nolan

Dippy about dogs? Nutty for narwhals? Crackers for koalas? Join Alan Nolan for a fun Brain Swap 3000 workshop where you can hear how Alan came up with the story of Sam Hannigan's Woof Week, join in on drawing demos and imagine yourself as your favourite animal!

Alan Nolan is the author and illustrator of the hurling novel Fintan's Fifteen, and Conor's Caveman, a book about a boy and a girl who find a caveman frozen in ice for the O’Brien Press. His latest book, Sam Hannigan’s Woof Week, about a girl who gets brain-swapped with a dog, is out now. Alan lives in Bray, County Wicklow with his wife, three sons and an evil cat called Chewie.