Saul Williams to headline LINGO Festival.

Know a creative teen with something to say? Check out Dublin Young Authors at the Big Smoke Writing Factory – a performance and writing workshops for talented teens aged 13-17 taking place Saturday mornings from Sept 19th this autumn.

Saul Williams, world renowned poet, rapper, actor and musician will headline this years LINGO Festival, returning to Ireland for the first time in ten years to deliver a very special performance in The Workmans Club, Dublin on October 18th.

Williams has published five books of poetry and currently stands as one of the highest-selling poets of all time. Since gaining global fame for his poetry and writings at the turn of the century, Williams has performed in over 30 countries, in venues as diverse as the White House, the Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Center, and The Louvre. The multi-talented New York native has also collaborated with Rick Rubin, Nine Inch Nails and Allen Ginsberg, to name but a few. An acclaimed actor, he has featured in countless films, and more recently played the lead in ‘Holler If Ya Hear Me,’ a Broadway musical about Tupac Shakur. He is currently preparing to launch his  fifth album ‘Martyr Loser King’ a concept album about a Burundian miner-turned-hacker who starts a revolution from his computer.

Lingo, Ireland’s first Spoken Word festival which attracted almost 1000 punters into four different venues last year, couldn’t be more excited. Festival Co-Director Colm Keegan said, “Right back at the beginning when we were setting up LINGO, the dream was to connect what’s going on in Ireland with the wider live literature scene, by having world famous poets perform here. Saul was one of the first people on the list. He is the absolute epitome of a spoken word artist. Trace what’s great about the upswell in performance poetry across the world and Saul Williams is there at ground zero, the start of everything, the heart of the hurricane – we are absolutely delighted to have him involved.”

Early Bird tickets for Saul Williams priced €17.50 (+€1.19 booking fee) are on sale now from Eventbrite.

More Irish and International Headliners will be announced in the coming weeks. With the full festival programme launched on September 17th.
Early Bird weekend passes go on sale Tuesday 18th August priced €57.50 (booking fees apply).

LINGO is delighted to partner with Dublin City Council, Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, Poetry Ireland, Failte Ireland to bring LINGO 2015 to life.

See www.lingofestival.com for further details.

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