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Poetry: Sasha Terfous – ‘Warrior Women’

To mark International Women’s Day 2021, we are so proud to bring you the film ‘Female Tribes’ in which Ireland’s amazing and inspirational spoken-word poet and performer, Sasha Terfous, recites her poem ‘Warrior Women’, in which she pays tribute to women from all generations and walks of life and she speaks of the strength and the resilience of Irish women, and what it means to be a woman in Ireland today.

Born and raised in the small rural town of New Ross in County Waterford, Sasha Terfous is one of Ireland’s most mesmerising poets and performers. With her eloquence and passion for creative expression, she is known to both stun and silence readers and audiences, with the raw power of her words.

Having grown up in Ireland as ‘an outsider’ in the purest sense of the word – her sexuality and ethnicity marking an easy target, she used her differences to emerge as a proud gay woman of colour in Ireland and she found that her perceived weaknesses became her strength. Terfous now uses her work as a form of activism; her poetry is used as a way to draw attention to voices which should be heard, and issues that need to be addressed. 

In 2019 Terfous took part in Female Tribes, a worldwide project, given an Irish face by the Dublin based JWT Folk. The poem she wrote, ‘Warrior Women,’ is her strident and brave cultural response to being a woman in Ireland today. 

Following its release, Terfous was invited to perform at the ‘Electric Picnic’, ‘Other Voices’, ‘All Together Now’, with Wooden Elephant on their German performances of Beyoncé’s Lemonade album; In the Dublin Fringe Festival’s play ‘Like A Riot Grrrl’ and alongside the RTE Concert Orchestra.

The ICC would like to thank JWT Folk, Dublin for permission to screen this film and Annette Udell from ‘The Word Up Collective’.