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Deirdre Rose is a spoken word artist who has recently begun producing her work as both standalone posters and a series of visual pieces titled “Can’t Sleep, Won’t Sleep”. She has a distinctive tone that blends fluidly into the style of graphic design she has developed through her work with other Common Grounds artists. Her poetry is often confessional, delving into her personal experiences and experimenting with different rhyming schemes in order to fully immerse her audience into the story she is telling. She is from Co. Meath, but has lived in Maynooth for the past six years. She has been a constant fixture of the Common Grounds team as an organiser and promoter, but has recently grown brave enough to start sharing her more creative side. With performances booked for Arcadian Fields and the Bloomsday Festival summer 2019, she can also be seen at the Circle Sessions and the Intercollective along with our own events.

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The first piece of the “Can’t Sleep, Won’t Sleep” series to be released deals with themes of self worth, and being open to good advice.


‘Cast Off’

This work focuses on our ability to ignore red flags and warning signs, in our relationships and within our own behaviours.

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‘A Most Provoking Girl’

The third installment of “Can’t Sleep, Won’t Sleep” is written about the end of a friendship, and trying to deal with negative feelings towards someone your were once close to.

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‘Angelica the Doorkeeper’

The only non original piece in this series, this poem was the first to capture Deirdre’s imagination as a child. Found in a collection given to her by her mother she was astounded that such a simple collection of words could portray such a visual story. She counts this poem as one of her main inspirations to start writing.



A short poem based on very good advice that took the poet far too long to understand.

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This image was based on a dreamscape, and both it and the poem delve into fears about moving on and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone.