Poetry Films: Beautiful Young People Part 3

Laundry by Mary Coll

Axis presents five mini films featuring current poets and spoken word artists celebrating important poetry from Ireland’s past. Vocals and images. Old poems by young poets brought to life by some of our most talented illustrators.

Poet/VO: Gemma Dunleavy
Illustrator: Lorraine Lawlor

Mary Coll is a poet, playwright and broadcaster from Limerick. The first female editor of The Stony Thursday Book, her poetry collections include All Things Considered (Salmon 2002) and Silver ( Arlen House 2017). She has made numerous contributions to a variety of anthologies and programmes on RTE Radio One, RTE Lyric FM, and RTE Television as well as working as a critic for The Irish Independent and other national newspapers.

Songwriter and producer Gemma Dunleavy may have captured your attention through her previous collaborations with Murlo and Swing Ting but the North Inner City Dubliner has been busy making a name for herself this year with her stunning debut Ep ‘UP DE FLATS’. This project celebrates her community of Sheriff St, a strong running theme throughout her work. The EP explores the trials and tribulations of working class life through the perspectives of 6 different characters inspired by those she's grown up around.

Lorraine Lawlor lives and works in Dublin and has a degree in Fine Art from Dublin Institute of Technology, now TU Dublin. She is currently working on a series of Artworks exploring grief and loss entitled ‘Into Memory’, to be exhibited at Axis Ballymun in 2021.
After a detour into children’s literature in 2013 she returned to painting in 2017 which has culminated in her current work. She has worked as a freelance art workshop facilitator since graduating in 2002, and has been a regular workshop leader in the Chester Beatty Library for over a decade, designing and leading workshops based on the Museum's collections. She also works part time as a library assistant in TU Dublin. .

Commissioned by St. Patrick's Festival in partnership with axis Ballymun