Poetry Jukebox – Request Time – Stephanie Conn @StephanieConn2 @cc_irlandais

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 – Request Time – Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe @AriaEipe @EPICMuseumCHQ

Poetry Jukebox is an on-street audio installation of poetry. This poem, Formerly Exotic Fruit is by Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe. It is included on our HUNGERING curation for EPIC Museum in Dublin.

Poetry Jukebox – Request Time – Moyra Donaldson @DonaldsonMoyra @EPICMuseumCHQ

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.

Poetry Jukebox – Request Time – Jessica Traynor @JessicaTraynor6 @cc_irlandais

Poetry Jukebox is an on-street audio installation of poetry. This poem, In the Wrong Place is by Jessica Traynor. It was integral to the Once Barefoot curation of poems on climate change, which launched Poetry Jukebox at Centre Cultural Irlandais in Paris. Jessica also co-curated HUNGERING with us, for the EPIC Museum in Dublin.

 

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Frida Kahlo’s Flowers

 

You have to supply your own choice of music……. but, in other news, here is a slide show movie of many of the Frida Kahlo photos. She really doesn’t like Sweet William, but apart from that, she looks good with so many of the other flowers.

Enjoy.

Let me know what music you suggest.

Poetry Jukebox Request Time – Maria Isakova Bennett @ MariaIzaB1

Poetry Jukebox is an on-street audio installation of poetry. This poem Et Spiritus is by Maria Isakova Bennett. It was included in ‘What Else…’ our curation which marked 20 years of the Good Friday Agreement.

Poetry Jukebox – Request Time – Mark Granier @MarkGranier

 

Vulture Bone Flute

–– 38,000 BC

Fitting to see the oldest airs

salvaged from a raptor –– the air

of its wing –– and there is music

 

in our bodies, drums and strings,

wind instruments fulfilling themselves

so blood and sweat sings

 

to surfaces, half-blinding those eyes

lost in the swing of a scythe,

a notched sword, the haulage

 

of hominid arms through foliage ––

music that runs like sap

back to the root

 

of our species jogging on the spot

wired to an iPhone –– chants, field hollers,

deafening wars, silences –– the body

 

bearing the mind away

with riffs, keys, tones, variations

on what’s in us and what will come

 

to blow through our bones.

Poetry Jukebox  puts poetry into public space. This Jukebox is at the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast. Vulture Bone Flute, by Mark Granier featured on our very first curation in October 2017.

Poetry Jukebox – Request Time! – Nessa O’Mahony – The Dreaming Octopus @nessao

Poetry Jukebox puts poetry into Public space. This jukebox is at the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast. Next up – This beautiful poem – The Dreaming Octopus by Nessa O’Mahony.  This poem has featured in our Once Barefoot curation, which is about climate change and is at Belfast Tropical Ravine and Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris

Poetry JukeBox – Request Time! – Matthew Rice – The Singable Black @wordswritten

Poetry Jukebox puts poetry into Public space. This jukebox is at the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast. Next up – This beautiful poem – The Singable Black by Matthew Rice.  This poem has featured in our Once Barefoot curation, which is about climate change and is at Belfast Tropical Ravine and Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris

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Letters to The Healing Place of the Soul #FillingTheVoid – Write to Us

Public Art Participation Project – WRITE TO US NOW!

We live in extraordinary times.  We will gladly receive your (emailed) letters to FillingTheVoidProject@gmail.com. We will miss the immediacy of your handwriting and your envelopes, the physicality of the letter, but we will gain the immediacy of your lived experience of these times. We are extending and re-opening our project, but as an online experience, given the implications of Covid-19 – so email us instead.

Tell us what is happening day to day. How have things changed? What is different but good about the changes? What is it that is making you anxious? What and whom do you miss? To paraphrase the French avant grade artist Georges Perec, what is happening, when nothing is happening? 

The motto over the door of the historic Robinson Library in Armagh translates from the Greek, as The Healing Place of the Soul.  We are looking beyond these times. In March 2021, when we celebrate 250 years of the existence of the library, we will mark with a new site-specific dance theatre piece, AT THE MARGINS, based on the letters project and the participation of those who sent us their words. Join in – this is a place to tell us all of human experience in these challenging and unusual circumstances. Let the words talk, and let the words travel the distance, from you, to us.

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In our last iteration of this project, we had hundreds of beautiful, intimate and heartfelt letters in response to our call-out for #FillingTheVoid https://mariamcmanus.wordpress.com/2019/10/30/write-us-a-letter-filling-the-void/. Our writers wrote to the future and to the past, to people they love and about things that matter most. They made us laugh, they touched our hearts and they made us think. They also made us realise that through writing their letters, the opportunity to reflect, record the everyday, and connect with each other, is responding to a deeply held need to communicate.

The letters came from Australia, Spain, the UK and all over Ireland. During Georgian Festival we had many  visitors to the library on the day, and those that came also wrote letters – some were posted there and then, to friends and family from the beautiful Georgian letterbox on the street outside the Robinson Library, and others were left with us for the archive.

This is a time for reflection and a time when we need to connect. We are navigating  new uncertainties about the state of our world and where it is we find ourselves now, individually and with each other. 

This project is creating 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.

Letters are welcome from people of all ages and ethnicities, from anywhere in the world, on any topic they may wish to record. Then we will include it in our archive in the beautiful Armagh RobinsonLibrary for posterity and consider all letters received when were are devising our site specific dance theatre piece – AT THE MARGINS, in March 2021.   

  • 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 …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. 

  Email us : FillingTheVoidProject@gmail.com

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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