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2023 Writer in Residence Programme - The Queenship Cypher

Call for Participants

L - R: Alicia Esambe (Alicia Raye); Daniella Doyle; Vithoria Escobar; Ella Bertilsson

The Red Line Book Festival Writer in Residence for 2023 is The Queenship Cypher collective, led by Alayex, a groundbreaking female-led creative agency.

As part of their residency, the Queenship Cypher will lead a five-week programme of workshops which aim to start a revolution in the Irish music industry, creating a sisterhood of creative women and empowering female artists through career expansion, talent showcasing, and artistic development.

The Queenship Cypher launch will take place in Tallaght Library on 1st August at 4:30pm and is an open invitation for all female creatives aged 18-25, who are interested in being part of the programme to come along to register their interest. Spearheaded by visionaries Alicia Esambe and Daniella Doyle, this innovative program is set to redefine the music industry by creating a thriving sisterhood that fosters career expansion, talent showcasing, and artistic development for female artists.

The programme aims to attract all aspiring female MCs, producers, songwriters, dancers, and visual artists to showcase their talents. This revolutionary platform serves as a steppingstone for those seeking to turn their musical, movement and visual expressions into a fulfilling career, while forming connections with audiences and fellow female creatives.The Queenship Cypher emerges as the much-needed representation and collaboration for female rap artists in Ireland. Alicia and Daniella recognised the lack of visibility for female rap artists and the pressure they faced to compete rather than collaborate. In response, they created The Queenship Cypher - a powerful movement that unites creative women under the passion of music and the shared values of respect, love, and humility.

Queenship Cypher facilitator Alicia Esambe said, “We want female artists to be proud and to embody their womanhood. The Queenship Cypher goes beyond being a mere programme, it is an unbreakable sisterhood of creative women united by their passion for art. We believe that together we can rise, support and celebrate each other. We aim to provide women a safe space to break barriers, push their creativity and encourage them to shape the future of music in Ireland.”

The development program is curated in four complimentary streams, each led by industry experts:

•Songwriting: Guided by Alicia Raye, an acclaimed artist and music mentor, the songwriting workshop will delve into the heart of lyrical storytelling.

•Music Production: Led by NOISE Music mentors, the music production program will help artists to master the art of music production and create inspiring sounds.

•Set Design: Ella Bertilsson, a resident artist at Rua Red, will help artists to elevate their stage presence with mesmerising visual experiences.

•Dance: Under the guidance of Vithoria Escobar, from UMAKOKO Productions, artists will explore the language of movement and how to use it to complement music.

Dates:         Thursday 21st & 28th September & Thursday 5th & 12th October. Final performance Thursday 19th October.

Times:         6.00pm - 8.00pm

Location:     Rua Red and Tallaght Library.  Participants must be available to attend all sessions.

How to apply: Please apply on this online form.

Closing date:  Thursday 14th September.