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  • CV – Siobhán Mac Mahon – Performance Poet/Writer/Drama Facilitator

    The Poet

    ‘In her Irish lilt Mac Mahon brought magic to even the most mundane aspects of life’ – Bradford Book Festival – Telegraph and Argus

    I am a writer, performance poet and drama facilitator with a particular passion for live literature and the spoken word. I perform my poetry widely as well as devising and running projects which explore and celebrate the magic and mystery of words.

    I hold a Diploma in Drama from the Drama Studio London, am a member of Equity and a member of National association of Writers in education (NAWE), and hold a B.Architecture. from Trinity College Dublin.

    PERFORMANCE POETRY

    I perform my poetry widely at Arts centres, Literature festivals and theatres including:
    Stanza poetry festival, Scotland, the Ilkley Literature festival, Bradford Book Festival, Seven Arts centre, Leeds, the Halifax Irish festival, the Drum Arts centre, Birmingham, Seven Arts centre, Leeds, the Morley literature arts festival, Wicklow Arts festival, Ireland. Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Ireland.

    I was the winner of the Ilkley literature Festival Open Mic 2008 and Sheffield Off the Shelf literature Festival ‘Poet Star’ 2006.

    My current piece, The Mouth of the Cave, which I perform with Musician Sabrina Piggott, is a passionate and provocative piece of Performance Poetry and music invoking the magic, myths and mayhem of the ancient Irish Goddesses and their modern day counterparts, interweaving word, sound, music and drumming.

    WORKSHOPS

    As well as writing and performing, I devise and run projects both for schools and community groups, using both drama and creative writing, to encourage participants to celebrate and believe in their own creativity and to develop the confidence to express themselves. I have worked in many different settings including: with young people, bereaved parents, the homeless, schools, writers and people with learning difficulties I have worked with Creative Partnerships, Hull, Artworks, Bradford, Artforms, Leeds and Yorkshire Arts Circus amongst others.

    SPOKEN WORD PROJECTS

    • I was instrumental in founding, promoting and hosting Wicked Words (2001-2003) a lively and inspiring monthly poetry event at Host media Centre Chapeltown, Leeds.
    • I set up Voices of Women – a six month project working with 10 female poets to explore their rich and culturally diverse voices through word, sound, movement and chorus. Performed at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and at the Chapel Allerton Arts festival 2003. A section of the piece was broadcast on BBC Radio Leeds.
    • I wrote and performed a piece entitled – Calling Down the Moon 2005 as part of Multiversity, a multi media project celebrating the spoken word, developed in conjunction with Yorkshire Arts Circus
    • I wrote and performed in She, close to the bone, an experimental spoken word piece, in collaboration with other writers, with the Word hoard, Huddersfield 2004

    PLAYWRIGHT

    • I was commissioned by the Walk the Plank Festival to write Holding Back – a comedy, premiered at the Wakefield Theatre and Opera House 1996. Holding back was subsequently toured by Different Stages Theatre Co.
    • I also wrote and directed Mother’s Day – Chapel Allerton Arts Festival 1999

    I have read my work on BBC Radio Leeds and other local radio stations and have been published in magazines including, Tadeeb, The Leeds Guide, Irish health and Homes, Print Radio, Chapel A festival guide and I wrote a monthly poetry column for Print Radio.

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    Siobhan Mac Mahon is an Irish Poet, Performer and Playwright resident in Leeds. The live experience of the Spoken Word is at the heart and centre of her work and she has many years of experience delighting audiences with her vital and often comic performances. Siobhan writes and performs widely as well as devising and running projects which explore and celebrate the spoken word.

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  • Brief Bio

    Siobhan Mac Mahon Performance Poet

    A declaration for Life by a very talented poet who gives us a liberating glimpse of an alternate way of being

    -Halifax Irish Festival 2008

    Siobhan Mac Mahon is an Irish Poet, Performer and Playwright resident in Leeds. The live experience of the Spoken Word is at the heart and centre of her work and she has many years of experience delighting audiences with her vital and often comic performances.

    Her current piece, The Mouth of the Cave, (Arts Council funded) which she performs with Musician Sabrina Piggott, is a passionate and provocative piece of Performance Poetry and music invoking the magic, myths and mayhem of the ancient Irish Goddesses and their modern day counterparts, interweaving word, sound, music and drumming.

    Siobhan writes and performs widely as well as devising and running projects which explore and celebrate the spoken word, both for schools and community groups. She co founded and ran Wicked Words, a monthly, vibrant Spoken Word evening in Leeds and received Arts council funding to set up Voices of Women, a project encouraging and celebrating diverse women’s voices.

    She has performed her poetry at Festivals, Arts Centres and theatres including: Stanza poetry festival, Scotland, the Ilkley Literature festival, Bradford Book Festival, Seven Arts centre, Leeds, the Halifax Irish festival, the Drum Arts centre, Birmingham, Seven Arts centre, Leeds, the Morley literature arts festival, Wicklow Arts festival, Ireland. Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Ireland. She was the winner of the Ilkley literature Festival Open Mic 2008 and Sheffield Off the Shelf literature Festival ‘Poet Star’ 2006.

    Siobhan originally trained as an Architect before training in drama at the Drama Studio London, she is a member of Equity and of NAWE.

    In her Irish lilt Mac Mahon brought magic to even the most mundane aspects of life

    -Bradford Telegraph and Argus

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