Splendid Liberal Lofty – Launch 29th Nov All Welcome 6.00pm Armagh Robinson Library

Come to the launch of the soundscape, letters and visual art project with me, Simon Waters and Helen Sharp, at the Armagh Robinson Library

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Poetry Jukebox – Call for Submissions – Once Barefoot… Belfast/ Paris edition

POETRY JUKEBOX CALL FOR POETRY SUBMISSIONS

with Belfast City Council and  Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris

 Once barefoot…  

Who amongst us is able to number the end of grasses
To number the losses of each seeding head?

I’ll walk out once
Barefoot under the moon to know the field
Through the soles of my feet to hear
The myriad leaf lives green and singing
The million million cycles of being in wing

                                     from, Death of a Field by Paula Meehan

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Internationally acclaimed poets Stephen Sexton  and Maria McManus  co-curate an international edition of first class contemporary poetry for our favourite on-street audio installation, Poetry Jukebox. This edition,  drawn from a world-wide call for submissions on the theme of climate, the environment and our relationship with the blue planet we call ‘home’.

In January 2020, Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris https://www.centreculturelirlandais.com will launch its poetry jukebox and we join forces with Belfast City Council’s Tropical Ravine http://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/tourism-venues/TropicalRavine/TropicalRavine.aspx   to draw attention to the beauty of wild spaces, biodiversity and the threat of climate change to our oceans, countries, weather flora, fauna and humanity itself.

Supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland,  from National Lottery funds, The British Council (NI),  Centre Culturel Irlandais, Poetry Ireland, Belfast City Council .

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Images: Simon Hutchinson courtesy of Belfast International Arts Festival 2017

Submission criteria – Please read carefully!

  • Each poet can send a maximum of one poem
  • Submission by midnight Sunday 1stDecember 2019
  • EMAIL SUBJECT LINE: Please include Once barefoot…in the subject line.
  • Email to poetryjukebox@gmail.com
  • Poems must be submitted in audio format.
  • Poems should be accompanied by a short biographical note ( max. 50 words) in the body of the email
  • Please submit good quality sounds files in MP3, MP4 or WAV format. (Smart phone voice files or good quality dictaphones such as Zoom H1 are ideal recording devices.) See the guidance notes (below) about how to make a good enough recording. Large files can be sent by WeTransfer to poetryjukebox@gmail.com
  • Poems in languages other than in English are welcome, however they must be accompanied by the poem in translation to English too. (Please record back to back in one sound file.)
  • Please be aware the jukeboxes are in a public space and children may be listening. Profanity will automatically rule out a poem’s use.

Some guidance for making a good  enough recording:

  • Each poem should be no longer than 2 minutes max. when read aloud, but one minute or  one minute and thirty-seconds works best in this format.
  • Find a quiet space to do your recording. Listen for, and become aware of any background noise, such as traffic, clicks, pets, children etc, and do something to minimise the background noises –  such as closing doors, closing the curtains, go to a different room etc
  • Don’t record in the kitchen – the recording device will pick up vibrational noise from the fridge.
  • Switch off all low energy light bulbs in the vicinity ( they also generate vibrational noise)
  • Use a Smart phone such as an iPhone, Experia or similar
  • Go to the Voice Memo app
  • It is helpful to place your phone on top of a pile of books, 8-12 inches from your mouth. Putting it on top of a pile of books will also help to keep the phone steady
  • Read in a natural voice but pay attention to your diction.
  • On recording, (wait 2 beats) Read the TITLE (wait 1 beat) YOUR NAME (wait 2 beats),
  • Read the POEM then repeat the TITLE (wait 1 beat) YOUR NAME (wait 2 beats). Save.
  • Poems in translation to English should be recorded in the original language first, with the English translation following in a single sound file.

Publication Rights

  • Poems previously published elsewhere ARE accepted, provided the author can assign the rights for the purposes of Poetry Jukebox to Quotidian – Word on the Street Ltd.
  • Quotidian – Word on the Street Ltd will not be held liable if a poem assigning the rights of use by the poet, later emerges to have infringed on other publishers’ rights.
  • Where poems are submitted in a language other than English, you may also include a translation of the poem recorded in English – back to back in the same voice file.
  • Payment: We are delighted that we can pay a small stipend of £35 for each contemporary poem.
  • Prior to publication the poetmustgive Quotidian – Word on the Street Ltdthe audio and recording rights to use the submitted poem on the Poetry Jukebox, on the internet, at launches etc. We do not expect to have exclusive rights.

About Poetry Jukebox & Quotidian –Word on the Street Limited

Poetry Jukebox is a Quotidian –Word on the Street Ltd project. Wee re based in Belfast. Quotidian is a not-for-profit literary arts production company limited by guarantee, the remit of which is to enhance civic spaces by animating them in innovative ways, with literature. The Poetry Jukebox is an on-street sound installation that provides an innovative new platform for poetry. A poetry jukebox is located in the grounds of The Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast. We have two others which undertake residencies with festivals and institutions. The project is led by Artistic Director and poet Maria McManus.

This is a tiny not-for-profit organisation – we do not have the resources to give individual feedback, nor enter into correspondence. Quotidian -Word on the Street Ltd reserves the right to make decisions which support the project and the spirit of the project.

Poetry Jukebox, which is the first of its kind in Ireland, was launched as part of the Belfast International Arts Festival in October 2017. Poetry Jukebox was brought to Belfast by collaboration between Quotidian – Word on the Street Limited and Piana na uLici, Czech Republic. There is a maximum of twenty recordings per curation.

To learn more about Poetry Jukebox follow on Twitter @poetryjukeboxor click on these links https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/poetry-jukebox-amplifying-quiet-voices-and-beautiful-words-1.3244063

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/in-the-north-we-have-started-to-stop-sleeping-again-1.3442189

 

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Write Us A Letter – Filling the Void

Public Art Participation Project –  Armagh Georgian Festival – Join in!

 Archbishop Richard Robinson (1708- 1794) was a most significant figure in the history of Armagh and as a consequence all of Ireland. He founded the stunning Armagh Robinson Library, a hospital, the  Armagh Gaol, Palace Demesne and the Armagh Observatory.  He enlarged the Royal School and had it built like an Oxford College. His aspiration was that Armagh would be a university city – so far, that particular aspiration has not yet come to fruition, but … perhaps … who knows?

Armagh-interior

The Armagh Robinson Library building  may look formal, but the welcome is warm and hospitable. Always.  At present I have the great privilege of undertaking a writing residency at the magnificent Armagh RobinsonLibrary. Built, curated and opened by Robinson in 1771, the library is a vibrant, elegant, light-filled, evocative place. The motto carved in stone above the door translates from the Greek, as The Healing Place of the Soul.

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There is a copy of a first edition Gulliver’s Travels Swift was a frequent visitor to Armagh and the library copy is annotated and corrected by Jonathan Swift himself. Further, there are two of Swift’s handwritten letters; one is an intervention on the purchase of a horse, the other relates to practical arrangements on a land survey.  Another letter in the archive written by Arthur Conan Doyle argues matters of religion and spiritualism, and one by Florence Nightingale relates to the war in Crimea. However, Archbishop Richard Robinson’s own archive of letters were, in accordance with his will and directions, and as was the custom of the time, incinerated following his death –  creating a void in the record of the quotidian.

Robinson and Cabinets

Through this project, we want to fill the void left after the letters of Archbishop Robinson were burned. We want to create a contemporary epistolary archive written by citizens – especially the citizens of Armagh, but also from all over Northern Ireland, the border area, the island of Ireland, Britain, Europe and the whole world. Everything in a letter tells something –  the handwriting, post marks, the subject matter, the demographic and concerns of the writer: the letter is a  point in time pen-portrait.  We are also interested in receiving correspondence which for some reason has personal significance to the donor.

 We want letters, preferably hand-written, from people of all ages and ethnicities, from anywhere in the world, on any topic they wish to record. Then we will include it in our exhibition and archive in the beautiful Armagh RobinsonLibrary for posterity.  

  • If you wrote the letter you wanted to write, to whom would you write it?
  • What would you write about? A letter to your childhood home, the parent you’ve lost, your old lover, those pesky politicians, your heroine/ hero, the generations yet to come, the child in your arms, or in your womb, your idol, the lost, the prodigal, the fictional, the historical?
  • Who would be the object of your letter? We live in such uncertain and turbulent times. What do you have to say about climate, Brexit, the border, the grudge, the past, the lost opportunity, the gratitude, the quotidian, the chance you ought to take, regret, courage, agency and activism, finding a quiet place, peace…what is the ‘thing’ you can write about in a letter, but just can’t say any other way?
  • Is yours letter to the masses, or to just one person?  To your older self? Your younger self? Your braver self – something for the record.

Letters from anyone, about anything are welcome. To be included in the first exhibition of these letters, please post your letter to us,  to arrive by 25thNovember 2019.

 Filling the Void – Letters Project

Splendid. Liberal. Lofty

C/O Armagh RobinsonLibrary

43 Abbey Street

Armagh

BT61 7DY

NOTES – Splendid. Liberal. Lofty.  Armagh RobinsonLibrary 28 Nov – 1stDec 2019 https://visitarmagh.com/festivals/georgian-day/

Together with the citizens of Armagh, three leading contemporary artists explore and celebrate the legacy of Archbishop Richard Robinson to create an exhibition, audio installation and a legacy pen-portrait of modern Armagh, whether they are warty and worldly, or wishful hopes, dreams and wonderings.

Splendid The Congress of The Beasts – an exhibition of  new art works from artist Helen Sharp inspired by the menagerie of animals to be found within the books and prints of the Robinson Library.

LiberalFilling the Void: Archbishop Richard Robinson had all his letters burned after his death. With the citizens, Maria McManus creates an epistolary legacy of new letters to fill the void, from the professional to the confessional, from love to loathing and from the curious to the confirmatory.

Lofty Whispering from the Sky – a sound installation by composer Simon Waters and modern citizens of Armagh on the 1770 census of Armagh  which is archived in the Robinson Library.

Maria McManus (Poet) is the author of Available Light (Arlen House, 2018), We are Bone (2013)The Cello Suites(2009) and Reading the Dog (2006) (Lagan Press). She has collaborated extensively with others producing performance pieces for choir (18, with composer Keith Acheson) dance (TURF and DUST with Eileen McClory) and multi-art form collaborations. She is Artistic Director and curator of Poetry Jukebox, an on-street audio installation of contemporary poetry.

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also supported by Armagh Banbridge Craigavon Council

Song of Myself – Call for Submissions Poetry Jukebox

 

CALL FOR POETRY SUBMISSIONS

With Belfast International Festival and University of Atypical

 Song of Myself A New Curation for Poetry Jukebox

Stop this day and night with me and you shall possess the origin of all poems …

from Song of Myself – Walt Whitman

 International and critically acclaimed poets Alice McCullough and Maria McManus

co-curate an international edition of first-class contemporary poetry for our favourite

on-street audio installation, Poetry Jukebox. This edition, drawn from a world-wide call for submissions, features the work of first-class poets who self-identify as disabled.

 

In 2017, Belfast International Festival launched the very first Poetry Jukebox on the island of Ireland. We’re back with a world first: this curation will also launch the latest Poetry Jukebox that integrates specific features to enhance disability access for deaf people and wheelchair users.

Launching 16thOctober 2019 and sited at CS Lewis Square for the duration of the Belfast International Festival 2019, the poems on the new jukebox are available 24 hours a day.

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Image:Simon Hutchinson courtesy of Belfast International Arts Festival 2017

Submission criteria – please read carefully!

  • Each poet can send a maximum of one poem
  • Submission by Sunday 23rd September 2019.
  • Please include SONG OF MYSELF in the subject line.
  • Email to poetryjukebox@gmail.com.
  • Poems on any subject, can be submitted in print or audio formats however audio is preferred.
  • Print format poems should be included in the body of your email, along with a short biographical note (maximum 50 words).
  • Where possible please submit good quality sounds files in MP3 or WAV format (smart phone voice files or good quality dictaphones such as Zoom H1 are ideal recording devices). See the guidance notes below about recording.
  • Don’t worry if you can’t do the recording; if your poem is selected and you need support with recording, we will assist.

Some guidance for making a good enough recording:

  • The jukebox is in a public space and children may be listening, so profanity will automatically rule out a poem’s use.
  • Each poem should be no longer than two minutes when read aloud, but one minute or one minute and thirty seconds works best in this format.
  • Find a quiet space to do your recording. Listen for, and become aware of any background noise, such as traffic, clicks, pets, children etc, and then do something to minimise the background noises – such as closing doors, closing the curtains, going to a different room etc.
  • switch off all low-energy bulbs in the room
  • avoid recording in the kitchen ( the fridge creates a hum which equipment will pick up.
  • Use a Smart phone such as an iPhone, Experia or similar.
  • Go to the Voice Memo app.
  • It is helpful to place your phone on top of a pile of books, 8-12 inches from your mouth. Putting it on top of a pile of books will keep the phone steady
  • Read in a natural voice but pay attention to your diction.
  • Read the TITLE by YOUR NAME (wait 2 beats), read the POEM – repeat the TITLE & your NAME .

 

Publication Rights

 

  • Poems previously published elsewhere ARE accepted, provided the author can assign non-exclusive rights for the purposes of Poetry Jukebox to Quotidian – Word on the Street Ltd.
  • Quotidian – Word on the Street Ltdwill not accept legal liability if a poem assigning the rights of use by the poet later emerges to have infringed on other publishers’ rights.
  • Where poems are submitted in a language other than English, you may also include a translation of the poem recorded in English – back to back in the same voice file.
  • Payment: we are delighted that we can pay a small stipend of £35 for each contemporary poem.
  • Prior to publication the poet must give Quotidian – Word on the Street Ltd non-exclusive rights to use the audio recording on the Poetry Jukebox, on the internet, at launches etc.

 

About Poetry Jukebox & Quotidian – Word on the Street Ltd

 

  • Poetry Jukebox is a Quotidian – Word on the Street LtdProject. Quotidianis a not-for-profit literary arts production company limited by guarantee, the remit of which is to enhance civic spaces by animating them in innovative ways, with literature. The Poetry Jukebox is an on-street sound installation that provides an innovative new
  • platform for poetry. It is located in the grounds of the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast. The project is led by Artistic Director and poet Maria McManus.
  • This is a tiny not-for-profit organisation – we do not have the resources for individual feedback or correspondence.
  • Quotidian – Word on the Street Ltdreserves the right to make decisions which support the project and the spirit of the project.
  • Poetry Jukebox, which is the first of its kind in Ireland, was launched as part of the Belfast International Arts Festival in October 2017. Poetry Jukebox was brought to Belfast by collaboration between Quotidian – Word on the Street Limitedand Piana na uLici, Czech Republic. There is a maximum of twenty recordings per curation.
  • To learn more about Poetry Jukebox follow on Twitter@poetryjukeboxor click on these links https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/poetry-jukebox-amplifying-quiet-voices-and-beautiful-words-1.3244063
  • https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/in-the-north-we-have-started-to-stop-sleeping-again-1.3442189

 

SUPPORTED BY: Department for Communities – LOGO TO BE ADDED

  

 

 

 

Another Good Friday…

I hardly know where or how to begin. I feel waves of grief for the family and partner of Lyra McKee  and for all of us, after her murder. Here we are, twenty-one Good Fridays after our peace agreement and we wake to the news of another life lost. Lyra McKee,  was doing her job as a journalist and was shot dead by Republican terrorists in Derry. Some coward in the night stepped out of the shadows with a gun and shot. She is dead.

My generation inherited The Troubles, but we have failed to finish them, to deal with them so definitively that we can instead focus, fully and constructively, on creating a life-affirming future. The future will happen anyway; it will come as time comes, second by second.  So what now? How will we make it better?

I wrote  this poem for TURF, a dance theatre piece I made with ordinary people who lived through the Troubles and with the choreographer Eileen McClory, and the composer Keith Acheson for The Playhouse in Derry to mark 50 years since the Civil Rights Marches and since the start of The Troubles. It is a poem for us all, but it is also a Derry poem. Today, I have nothing else to offer.

 

The Anthem to End of Wars

 

Imagine this,

the present at point-blank range

its gift a target so un-missable,

it is reckless and generous.

 

I carry you on my back;

come with me to the river, love –

and there, above us, Starlings plume

across the evening blue.

 

This is how we will write the anthem to end wars;

a song for daylight in the morning

a song of stars in a night sky

swallows embroidering smart new clothes for the city.

 

Something in it

calls the winter’s wanderers home again

and so, the swans come back to us

as otherness;

bright, the light within them

glittering, solid, reliable, worldly.

 

I promise I will hold your head above the water, love

and trust it will take our weight with ease.

 

Imagine this,

 

the present at point-blank range

its gift a target so un-missable;

reckless and generous.

 

 

A Deeper Country – the CS Lewis Curation for Poetry JukeBox

Curation 6. OPEN CALL FOR POEMS – A Deeper Country, a curation for CS Lewis Square,
Poetry Jukebox – a Quotidian –Word on the Street Ltd Project
Supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland from National Lottery Funds
and by EastSide Partnership

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Image: Simon Hutchinson courtesy of Belfast International Arts Festival 2017

It is as hard to explain how this sunlit land was different from the old Narnia as it would be to tell you how the fruits of that country taste. Perhaps you will get some idea of it if you think like this. You may have been in a room in which there was a window that looked out on a lovely bay of the sea or a green valley that wound away among mountains. And in the wall of that room opposite to the window there may have been a looking-glass. And as you turned away from the window you suddenly caught sight of that sea or that valley, all over again, in the looking glass. And the sea in the mirror, or the valley in the mirror, were in one sense just the same as the real ones: yet at the same time they were somehow different – deeper, more wonderful, more like places in a story: in a story you have never heard but very much want to know. The difference between the old Narnia and the new Narnia was like that. The new one was a deeper country: every rock and flower and blade of grass looked as if it meant more.”

from, The Chronicles of Narnia, by CS Lewis

A Deeper Country will be the sixth edition of curated content on Poetry JukeBox. It will launch at Jack’s Café at CS Lewis Square in February 2019. Poet Tade Ipadeola (Nigeria), joins as guest curator alongside poet Maria McManus (Artistic Director).
About the curators:

Tade Ipadeola is a Nigerian poet, essayist, translator and lawyer. He was born September 11 1970. He has published three major volumes of poetry. In September 2009 his poem, Songbird, won the Delphic Laurel in poetry and in October 2013, his volume of poetry, The Sahara Testaments, won the Nigeria Prize for literature. In February of 2017 he was appointed a judge of the Nigeria Prize for Literature.
Tade maintains a keen interest in the life and works of C.S Lewis, keeping a library of the complete published works of C.S Lewis and the Inklings.
He lives in Ibadan, Nigeria.

Maria McManus lives in Belfast. She is the author of Available Light (Arlen House, 2018), We are Bone (2013), The Cello Suites (2009) and Reading the Dog (2006) (Lagan Press), she has collaborated extensively with others to put literature into public spaces. She is artistic director and curator of Poetry Jukebox.

Submission criteria – Please read carefully!

– Each poet can send a maximum of one poem.
– Submission by Friday 14th December 2018. Please include A Deeper Country in the subject line and email to poetryjukebox@gmail.com
– Please submit good quality sounds files in MP3/ M4a or WAV format. (Smart phone voice files or good quality dictaphones such as Zoom H1 are ideal recording devices.) See the guidance notes (below) about how to make a good enough recording.
– Please note submissions in other formats such as You Tube Videos/ Vimeo etc will be instantly disregarded.
– Where poems are submitted in a language other than English, you must also include a translation of the poem recorded in English – back to back in the same voice file.

Some guidance for making a good recording:
• Each poem should be no longer than 2 minutes max when read aloud, but one minute or one minute and thirty seconds works best in this format.
• Find a quiet space to do your recording. Listen for, and become aware of any background noise, such as traffic, clicks, pets, children etc, and do something to minimise the background noises – such as closing doors, closing the curtains, go to a different room etc
• Use a Smart phone such as an iPhone, Experia or similar
• Go to the Voice Memo app
• It is helpful to place your phone on top of a pile of books, 8-12 inches from your mouth. Putting it on top of a pile of books will keep the phone steady
• Read in a natural voice but pay attention to your diction.
• Read the TITLE (wait 2 beats), read the POEM – there’s no need to give your name – it will be on the jukebox if your poem is selected.
• Please be aware the jukebox is in a public space and children may be listening, so profanity will automatically rule out a poem’s use.

Publication Rights

Prior to publication the poet must give Quotidian – Word on the Street Limited & East Side Partnership the audio and recording rights to use the poem on the Poetry Jukebox, on the internet, at launches etc.
– EastSide Partnership require the option to use the poems as part of an indoor installation/exhibition about C.S. Lewis exhibition in the future.
– Poems previously published elsewhere are accepted, provided the author can assign the rights for the purposes of Poetry Jukebox to Quotidian – Word on the Street Ltd & EastSide Partnership.
– The poet should also grant the print rights, for use on the internet or at launches for example.
– A signed permission form will be required 4 weeks prior to publication on the Poetry Jukebox. Selected poets will be required to provide this promptly on notification of their selection otherwise we cannot include your poem.
– Quotidian – Word on the Street Ltd and EastSide Partnership will not be held liable if a poem assigning the rights of use by the poet, later emerges to have infringed on other publishers’ rights.
– Please include a short 50 word biographical note as an attachment with your email.
– This is a tiny not-for-profit organisation – we do not have the resources to give individual feedback, nor enter into correspondence.
– Quotidian -Word on the Street Ltd reserves the right to make decisions which support the project and the spirit of the project.
Payment: We are delighted that we can pay a small stipend of £35 for each selected poem.

About Poetry Jukebox & Quotidian –Word on the Street Limited

• Poetry Jukebox is a Quotidian –Word on the Street Ltd Project. Quotidian is a not-for-profit literary arts production company limited by guarantee, the remit of which is to enhance civic spaces by animating them in innovative ways, with literature. The Poetry Jukebox is an on-street sound installation that provides an innovative new platform for poetry. It is located in the grounds of The Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast. The project is led by Artistic Director and poet Maria McManus..

• Poetry Jukebox, which is the first of its kind in Ireland and it was launched as part of the Belfast International Arts Festival in October 2017. Poetry Jukebox was brought to Belfast by collaboration between Quotidian – Word on the Street Limited and Piana na uLici, Czech Republic. There is a maximum of twenty recordings per curation. For this curation, content is selected by invitation only.

• To learn more about Poetry Jukebox follow on Twitter @poetryjukebox or click on these links https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/poetry-jukebox-amplifying-quiet-voices-and-beautiful-words-1.3244063

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/in-the-north-we-have-started-to-stop-sleeping-again-1.3442189

The House That Stood for Happiness – a sound track

Sometimes you get the opportunity for great collaborations; a chance to experiment and see what other people do when they bring their work, to your work.

Artist Una Lee (Min Kimovic) and composer Simon Waters played with my poem sequence, The House That Stood for Happiness. Have a listen to this. Clink on the link below.

With Una Lee & Simon Waters