National Poetry Day : THE LABOUR ROOM by Samual Yakura


Commissioned by Garter Lane Arts Centre in celebration of National Poetry Day

Samuel Yakura is a Nigerian born poet and performance artist with a strong Waterford connection.


Samuel Yakura is a Nigerian Born Writer, Poet and Performing Artist residing in Ireland. He’s a multiple-time Slam Champion both in Nigeria and Ireland, winning Slam competitions like ALS, OxFam, and Talkatives.

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

He is currently in the works with the WeareGriot collective putting together their new Poetry Play “DEITIES” His most recent project is a Poetry Play he is writing and directing themed “Migrating into each other”

Samuels site link:



Abuja Literary Society Slam Competition, Abuja, Nigeria
OxFAM Slam Champion
OxFam SLAM Competition, Abuja, Nigeria
Talkatives SLAM Champion
Talkatives Slam Competition, Dublin, Ireland


Poet/Performance Artist: Samuel Yakura.

Filmmaker: John Loftus.


Playtimes in Garter Lane Courtyard :

4th May – 29th  1:05 pm and 5:05 pm – Wed & Friday & Sat