Rude Judes rings through from Cobh with more saucy fun in verse for this month’s Speakeasy.
Rude Judes (aka Judith Coffey) scribbled ditties for years. From her childhood in Sydney, Australia, to teenage years in Crosshaven, then those impressionable London years in her 20s-30s until she returned home to Ireland for Millenium. Now a resident in the harbour town of Cobh she writes observational witticisms on life – from the perspective of middle age Girls who still want to have fun.
A serial volunteer within the Arts in Cork, she supported her friends at the inaugural “Gab – Mixed Tape Night” at Coughlan’s Bar, June 2016 and by October that year following encouragement to read a few of her own in public for the first time, is now a regular on the Gab Set List. As part of “The Gab” she has taken part in Cork’s Harbour Festival 2019, Life Long Learning Festival, World Story Telling Day and Storytellers of Ireland.
She has hosted the “Crosstown Drift Bus” on behalf of The Good Room for Cork Midsummer Festival 2017-2019, reading her poems to a captive audience between stops. Read live at “Peacock Parlour” on four occasions, three held at The Kino, Cork and a “Disgraceful Cabaret“ remotely. A few past sessions at the “Yarn Spinners” Cork and not forgetting “Speakeasy” sessions in 2019. Whenever she can she reads at “Coliemore The Artists House”, Cobh. In 2019, Rude Judes both performed her own poems and was one of the judges of the first poetry competition at the Cobh Readers and Writers Festival.
Rude Judes is begging for Lockdown to end – so she can get back to observing you all and writing about it.