Poetry Jukebox Request Time – Deirdre Cartmill @deirdrecartmill @EastSideArtsBel

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 Request Time – Amanda Bell @gagebybell

Poetry Jukebox is an on-street installation of poetry. This poem The Sleepless, is by Amanda Bell. It was part of Another Country, poems in homage to CS. Lewis.


Poetry Jukebox Request Time – Polly Atkin @pollyrowena



The Invisible

‘The secret is to walk evading nothing’, Alice Oswald

Croneshadow stumbles ahead of me         catching
erratic feet on the tarmac        ruched
as it is by roots        her left foot sticking
as if in mud        her stoop cranked up
by the pock-marked skin of the drystone wall
she is thrown on       the angle of light        sickish
orange in the early night.      Her mouth
twitches down at the creases       Bitchy
Resting Face      though you cannot see it
dark on dark.       You could say she exists
in relief       except there is none       not
for a structure like her       misbuilt       collapsing
inward with each jolt forward. I try
to right her.      but she will not straighten. The more
I struggle the more she looks broken. She knows
more of pain than your charts can trace
but you will not acknowledge her hear         her. Her name
is a slur. Her body is carrion. It is
too late for this.
My blood too sticky.
Her edges are blurring.
My legs are unravelling.
Her gown of bones is clacking              clacking.
Will we ever reach home?
I sink in my clothes
till my breath melts the frost on the empty road.
She pushes ahead of me           carries on walking.
Carries on walking.
Carries on walking.

Poetry Jukebox is an on-street audio installation of poetry. This poem, The Invisible by Polly Atkin was included in Song of Myself, poetry by D/deaf and disabled poets. It celebrated the launch of a jukebox which includes features which make it more accessible to disabled people.  We launched in the Belfast International Festival in October 2019 at CS Lewis Square in East Belfast.


Poetry Jukebox Request Time – Sasha Saben Callaghan @SabenCallaghan

Poetry Jukebox is an on street audio installation of poetry. Here is Sasha Saben Callaghan. Her poem, Exotic Places was featured on our Song of Myself curation at CS Lewis Square.  Song of Myself (D/deaf & Disabled Poets) was included in the Belfast International Festival in October 2019.  We launched the only poetry jukebox in the world which includes some added features to make it more accessible to disabled people.


Poetry Jukebox Request Time – Eleanor Hooker @EleanorHooker @EastSideArtsBel

Poetry Jukebox is an on-street audio installation of poetry. This beautiful poem is Storm Song by Eleanor Hooker. Listen up.

It featured on “Another Country’ a special curation of poems in which poets responded to the work of CS Lewis.  It was chosen by Tade Ipadeola. We were supported by East Side Arts in Belfast and by Belfast City Council. The Poetry Jukebox was in CS Lewis Square.




Poetry Jukebox – Request Time – Anne Casey @1AnneCasey @CSLewisFest @EastSideArtsBel @AspectsFestival

Poetry Jukebox is an on-street audio installation of poetry. This poem, Between Ebb & Flow, is by Anne Casey. It was included in ‘A Deeper Country’, a curation in homage to CS Lewis. It was first installed at CS Lewis Square in East Belfast. This curation has done a bit of a ‘tour’, in that it has also travelled to Bangor for the Aspects Festival and also to the Alley Theatre in Strabane.

Poetry Jukebox – Request Time – Andrew Roycroft @roycroftpoetry @CSLewisFest @EastSideArtsBel

Poetry Jukebox is an on-street audio installation of poetry. This poem, Common Places by Andrew Roycroft, featured on ‘A Deeper Country’, homage to CS Lewis and curated by Tade Ipadeola. It was hosted in CS Lewis Square Belfast by EastSide Arts. @CSLewisFest


Poetry Jukebox Request Time – Anita Gracey

Poetry Jukebox puts poetry into public space. This jukebox is at the Crescent Arts Centre Belfast. This poem Hand Me Down by Anita Gracey was part of our Song Of Myself curation of poems at CS Lewis Square. The poems launched the only jukebox in the world which includes features to make it more accessible to disabled people.

Hand-Me-Down by Anita Gracey, read by Peter Gracey

You are a ploughed dark field,

overturned soil swaddles

your heart as treasure,

Clontibret’s tapped seam1

you pinned my paintings up,

each one a Gerard Dillon

your kisses a first-aid box,

arguments sticking plaster

smiles as stretch-marks,

elastic purrs

you had Willow pattern teacups,

on birthdays we raised our pinky’s

your laugh a grandstand,

one-liners own goals

freckles as rosary beads,

always to be counted on

arms comfort blankets,

carries my worries

you said, when asleep you sigh

my snore is Herculean

your voice as I waken,

a brass band of blessings


when you died, grief was the sea,

a hurricane I was treading

a boat was your face,

the drogue2 I let go

bequeathed in burnished thoughts,

in time, I’m a sunbeam.

1A huge untapped seam of gold has been discovered near Clontibret in County Monaghan.

The seam, found in 2008, is believed to be the biggest ever located in Ireland.

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


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