Tade Ipadeola ( Nigeria) was co-curator of A Deeper Country, our CS Lewis themed curation with EastSide Arts and Belfast City Council. He was an absolute joy to work with, and with the wonders of the internet, although we have never met, we were still able to collaborate across the thousands of miles and put beautiful poetry into the streets of Belfast.
About Poetry Jukebox - Quotidian - Word on the Street LimitedI am a poet based in Belfast. I am Artistic Director of a not for profit company, Quotidian - Word on the Street Limited, which specialises in putting literature into public space. Specialist projects in Belfast and Ireland include Poetry JukeBox ( in collaboration with Piana na uLici/ Czech Republic) and LabeLLit - a project I devised for sharing poetry on luggage labels, as small works of art, the public can take home.
The link below is worth clicking on. In it composer Simon Waters gives a detailed account of his input to Splendid Liberal Lofty, our collaborative project with artist Helen Sharp at Armagh’s beautiful Robinson Library. When you click on the link, there is also a tab within the text from which you can hear the soundscape he created and his approach to it.
It seems like a lifetime ago, but just before Christmas 2019, the Community Relations Council of Northern Ireland along with the Arts Council NI, the John Hewitt Society and the Linenhall Library, hosted our 2019 event for International Migrants Day. It featured poets Maria McManus, Nandi Jola, Viviana Fiorentino, Anesu Mtowa and Csilla Toldy, alongside traditional musicians Jason O’Rourke and Joe Campbell-McArdle. Thanks CRC NI for this short film record of the event.
Poetry Jukebox is an on-street audio installation of poetry. This poem, Between Crossing & Passing, is by Deirdre Cartmill. It was integral to our curation Another Country, which responded to the work of CS Lewis and was commissioned by East Side Arts for CS Lewis Square and co-curated by Nigerian poet Tade Ipadeola. Deirdre also worked closely with me to set up the Poetry Jukebox project in 2017.
Poetry Jukebox is an on-street audio installation of poetry. This poem, Tipping Point is by Glen Wilson. It featured on our Once Barefoot curation of poems on climate. This curation runs concurrently in Belfast City Council Tropical Ravine and at Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris.
Poetry Jukebox is an on-street audio installation of poetry. This poem Border, is by Annemarie NíChurreaín. It was included in Hour by Hour, a curation of poems by LGBTQI+ poets, and was featured in OUTBURST Queer Arts Festival in 2018.
Poetry Jukebox is an on-street audio installation of poetry. This poem, Bushfire is by Stephanie Conn. It was included in our Once Barefoot curation of poems about climate, which ran concurrently at Belfast City Council’s Tropical Ravine and at Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris.
Poetry Jukebox is an on street audio installation of poetry. This poem ‘Fear sa Teach’ is by bi-lingual poet Celia deFreine. It is in Irish and in English on this file. Celia is one of Ireland’s most outstanding Irish language poets and she is also an Ambassador and supporter of the Poetry Jukebox project.
This poem was included in our FIRED! Irish Women collection of poems, which was launched at the Belfast International Festival in October 2018.
Poetry Jukebox is an on-street audio installation of poetry. This poem, Family Picnic, by Moyra Donaldson, was included in our HUNGERING curation at EPIC Museum in Dublin. Moyra is currently a recipient of a Major Artist Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.