Neon Hearts and the Angry Mob

Love in a time of lockdowns is a theme emanating from this collection by poet and spoken-word artist, Wayne Power, offering snapshots of the light and shade of city life, recollections of lost nights, love, mental health and so on. Moreover, these poems go to the very essence of love – a matter that concerns both the heart and the mind and rooted in the communities to which we belong. More
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About Wayne Power

Wayne Power is a writer, poet and spoken word artist based in Waterford city.

Having studied journalism in Colaiste Dhulaigh in Dublin, he won a Sean Dunne Young Writers Award in 2002 for Best Local Prose. In 2019, through the Modwords collective, he burst onto the spoken word scene at a rapid pace. He quickly became a regular face at Waterford’s various open mic nights, taking every opportunity to share his truths.

Within a few months, he had curated two Speakers Corner spoken word and poetry events in collaboration with Central Arts and their annual Summer in the City programme. Shortly after, he went on to MC their monthly open mic nights.

In April 2019, he launched the Sound Up podcast to highlight Waterford’s thriving music and arts scene. The Sound Up Sessions were launched in March 2020 in Katty Barry's – a night of music and spoken word alongside local singer-songwriters, Mark Walsh and Ciaran Delaney.

He would write and star in his first short play, "Well Girl, Any News?", which played as part of Modwords Festival in the Theatre Royal, Waterford in July 2019.

His poetry and writing are unfiltered, at times gritty, recalling lost nights, love, mental health and political themes coupled with a comedic edge, all of which celebrate the human condition. They are snapshots of the light and shade of city life, steeped in a fondness for where he is from, where he’s been and where he hopes to go.

Wayne Power lives in Waterford and was proudly educated at Mount Sion, a school that produced one of the city’s finest wordsmiths in the late Sean Dunne.

His debut collection, "Everyone's A Star After Midnight", is dedicated to the underdogs, the dreamers, the mental health warriors, the unrequited, the shoulders we cry on and the torch songs we let heal us. The friends who become family and the family who become everything.

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