HK Ní Shioradáin is a multi-disciplinary artist from Ireland. They have a BA in English Literature and Film Studies from Trinity College Dublin, and they have a degree in Music Composition for Games from Griffith College Dublin. They compose, music direct, and sound design for film, theatre, musical theatre, radio, and bands. They are a songwriter and lyricist who has been writing lyrics for over a decade. They have had their work shown and perform at many festivals and venues such as Longitude Festival, Galway Film Fleadh, the Pavilion Theatre. They are the resident sound designer and composer at Lemon Soap Productions
They are a bilingual spoken word poet, writing in Irish and English. They were chosen for Poetry Ireland’s Introductions/Céadlínte Éigse Éireann 2022. They recently won the Máire Mac an tSaoi Poetry Award for their poetry. They have read their poetry at the International Literary Festival Dublin, Irish Writer Centre, Neuropride Ireland, Pride Poets, and more. They studied under Harry Clifton in college where they began developing a chapbook under his guidance. Their work interrogates queerness and disability through a humorous lens.
They are an Axis Assemble 2022 artist and will be using their residency to develop their multi-disciplinary mediums in tandem with each other. They received the Creative Ireland Incubator Award 2022 to develop a spoken word theatre piece on neurodiversity. This project involves collaboration with the neurodiverse community. They are recent recipients of the Arts and Disability Mentoring Grant and having been receiving mentoring from the esteemed composer, Emer Landers. They completed a residency in Backstage Theatre Longford in 2021 to continue development of an original musical. They received the Art Council’s Agility Award in 2021 to continue development on this musical.
They are currently participating in the Young Music Graduate Programme with Music and Healthcare Ireland (formerly KidsClassics) to learn how to become a musician in healthcare. This has provided HK with valuable skills in community arts participation.
They have experience teaching and have taught music to children, teenagers, and adults, and music directed at the Independent Theatre Workshop, St Agnes CCMA, and Rosary College.
They selected as one of the curators for the Lasta Festival for the Pavilion Theatre. The festival programme can be read here.
During their time in Trinity College Dublin, they founded and ran The Film Scene for filmmakers to networking and screen their films. They ran every aspect from hosting the Q&A sessions, running the social media, event planning, and curating the programme each month. During the pandemic, they curated an audio-visual sister publication, called The Film Zine. This publication was nominated for Best Magazine Layout and Design at the SMEDIAS 2021.