UCD Poetry as Commemoration – Poetry Jukebox

We are delighted to welcome the UCD Poetry as Commemoration – Poetry Jukebox to Cobh Promenade.

This initiative developed by Dr. Catherine Wilsdon under the national Decade of Centenaries programme  2012-2023 .   The poems which members of the public will be able to hear includes works by well-known poets including Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, John Hewitt, and W.B. Yeats, as well as lesser-known writers such as D.L. Kelleher, Alice Milligan and Agnes Kerr.

Poetry as Commemoration is an initiative of the Irish Poetry Reading Archive at UCD Library and is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries programme 2012-2023.

UCD Poetry as Commemoration – Poetry Jukebox.
Cobh Promenade.

The Poetry Jukebox  is a small standing structure, deliberately styled to bring to mind a gramophone or speaking trumpet.  The unit contains a series of recordings of short poems. Anyone wishing to hear a poem can select from a list on the Jukebox and by pressing a button can hear a poet read their own poem.  Poetry Jukebox is an international project founded by Ondřej Kobza, a Prague-based cultural activist with an interest in the animation of public spaces and examining ways of making urban areas more culturally vibrant and liveable. Poetry Jukebox was brought to Ireland in 2017 by Belfast-based poet and playwright Maria Mc Manus and poet Deirdre Cartmill.

The UCD Poetry as Commemoration Jukebox is also environmentally friendly as the energy needed to play the poem is provided by the listener who turns a crank handle linked to a dynamo to provide the electrical power for the unit.

The Jukebox is free to use and enjoy at Cobh Promenade  from December 2022 until March 2023.

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