FESTIVAL IN A VAN Getting the Show on the Road presents: Words Move this Summer

Garter Lane is delighted to present Festival in a Van in association with Poetry Ireland.

On August 17th, Festival in A Van will pay a visit to 3 Waterford destinations.

The FIAV programme will engage Waterford artists and bring their performances to groups and communities in the city centre and surrounds. After such a long arts hiatus, this miniature festival “happening” will be very a welcome burst of cultural life across the city.

We look forward to bringing you further details soon.

Safe and Poetic Craic: Festival in a Van, the mobile festival for Covid times and beyond, gets on the road with Poetry Ireland this Summer…


After bringing live performance safely around Ireland during Lockdown, the Festival in a Van team are putting on their purple Hi Vis and are hitting the road again this summer. Getting together with the team at Poetry Ireland, Words Move puts ten poets together with ten singer-songwriters to take in ten counties during July and August.

Participating poets include, Victoria Kennefick, Beau Williams, Jane Clarke, Samuel Yakura and Jackie Gorman who will be joined by musicians including, Landless, Farah Elle, Finn Furey and David Hope to play sessions at care homes and community centres as well as a series of public gigs in each county. The tour will also host 10 poet commissions for new works and these poems will be printed by Stoney Road Press, framed and presented to the centres that have been visited as a reminder of a wonderful time everyone is able to gather again, celebrate and enjoy a collective creativity. 

Festival in a Van’s Gemma Tipton said, “Last year it was amazing to be able to put on shows, and now as things open up, we’re thrilled to be working with such brilliantly creative people on this tour. I think many of us rediscovered poetry during lockdown, so it feels very special to be putting it centre stage.” “We are also thrilled with the poets and musicians joining us. Finn Furey played our very first gig in a stubble field in Carlow, David Hope joined us in Limerick last year, while Landless and Farah Elle are new to the Van, but their music is so incredibly moving they’re the perfect people for these gigs,” she added.

Poetry Ireland Director, Niamh O’Donnell, said, “We’re delighted to partner with Festival in a Van to bring talented poets and musicians, in a safe way, to diverse audiences across the country. Partnering with Arts Officers, care homes, community groups, service providers and arts centres, we’re all working together to engage, entertain and inspire people in their own locality with some incredible talents”.

Supported by a Touring Grant from the Arts Council, and by Creative Ireland, and kicking off on July 13th in Dublin, Words Move travels to Fingal, Wicklow, Laois, Westmeath, Monaghan, Kilkenny, Waterford, Limerick and Kerry, working with Creative Ireland and Local Authority Librarians and Arts Offices as well as with Draíocht, Mermaid, Dunamaise and Garter Lane Arts Centres.



David Hope


Clare singer-songwriter, David Hope is back with a new single ‘Lovers Leap (Coast of Clare)’ which is taken from his forthcoming fifth studio album ‘…and the Sea’. Having previously worked with Irish folk legends, Terry Woods and Declan Sinnott, Hope has collaborated yet again with legendary producer and drummer, Christian Best, on his new album.  

 The first release from Hope in almost four years marks an evolution of his sound, of which signs were present on his last album, ‘Tough Love’ (2017). With the benefit of having time to flourish, both musically and lyrically, this collection of songs is Hope’s most accomplished work to date. 

The first single ‘Lovers Leap (Coast of Clare)’  is a fair reflection of the album as a whole; leaning heavily on live takes, deep rolling textures and Hope’s most engaging collection of lyrics to date. 

While David has undoubtedly drawn influence from blues and American folk music, his sensibilities, wit and wistful melancholy are unmistakably rooted in the west of Ireland. 

 Hope has gigged and toured extensively in both his native Ireland and mainland Europe, averaging in excess of 200 shows per year. During this time, Hope has built a reputation as one of the very best live performers on the touring circuit today”


Samuel Yakura


Samuel Yakura is a Nigerian Born Poet and Performing Artist residing in Ireland. He’s a multiple-time Slam Champion both in Nigeria and Ireland.

A member of the Wearegriot Poetry Collective based in Dublin. He has done commissioned works for the likes of Poetry Ireland, Dublin Fringe, Adrian Brinkerhoff Foundation, IMMA, Gaisce Awards, amongst others. His works reflect heavily on observing the human condition, their relationships and interaction with society and culture.