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Poetry Jukebox celebrates female Irish Poets as part of the Belfast International Arts Festival

Friday 26th October 2018 at 2pm 0 Comments Literature

Poetry Jukebox, which is the first of its kind in Ireland was launched as part of the Belfast International Arts Festival in October 2017. Image: Poetry Jukebox, which is the first of its kind in Ireland was launched as part of the Belfast International Arts Festival in October 2017.

A shadow hid me
and I knew what it meant
not to be at all.
Rhoda Coghill

A Shadow Hid Me is the fourth edition of curated content on Ireland’s first-ever Poetry Jukebox and celebrates the contribution of Irish women to the canon of Irish poetry.  As part of this year’s Belfast International Arts Festival, members of the public are invited to a free unveiling event, hosted by the FIRED! movement, at 6pm on Friday 2 November at the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast, home of the Poetry Jukebox.

First launched at the 2017 Belfast international Arts Festival, the Poetry Jukebox is a free, on-street sound installation that provides an innovative platform for the public to listen to poetry by a variety of writers and is supported by National Lottery funding through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.   It is located in the grounds of The Crescent Arts Centre and the project is led by FIRED! Movement Artistic Director and poet, Maria McManus.

This special event on Friday 2 November will mark one year of the Fired! movement, which started in Belfast in 2017 and has since travelled all over Ireland, and also to Barcelona.  The new curation features 20 female poets reading poems and was compiled through a combination of open call and invitation.  Join the event for readings and performances by leading Irish poets, including Moyra Donaldson, Siobhan Campbell, Chris Murray, Alex Pryce, Maureen Boyle, Maria McManus and many more.

Maria McManus, Artistic Director of Poetry Jukebox and poet said,

“These women poets have bright, erudite opinions on everything and the poems demonstrate that. What they speak of includes the personal and the political, intimate things and global things, big questions, sharp wit and an acute scrutiny of the world, in all its beauty, its flaws and the misdemeanours of its citizens. Nothing gets past these women. They see it all. Clearly, and all across time.”

Damian Smyth, Head of Literature, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, added,

“The Poetry Jukebox opens up the incredible world of poetry by providing a unique, fun and accessible platform for the public to hear from the best international and home-grown talent.  The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is proud to support this important initiative and would encourage everyone to go along to enjoy the latest curation featuring some of the best female voices from past and present.  Tremendous!”

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