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Poetry Jukebox: Jean O’Brien

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Published on Oct 16, 2019

Hear poet Jean O'Brien read from her poem 'Census' inside our museum. O'Brien is one of 20 poets whose work features in this year's Poetry Jukebox

Earlier this summer, The Poetry Jukebox arrived at EPIC, making its first appearance in Dublin city centre. The on-street installation, located just outside The chq Building, provides an innovative platform for poetry where listeners will be able to choose from a range of poems at the touch of a button.

The poems featured are a special curation on the theme of hunger and migration, chosen by Jessica Traynor, poet and the Deputy Museum Director at EPIC and Maria McManus, poet and Artistic Director of the Poetry Jukebox project.

The list of featured poets are: Nuala O Connor; Maria Isakova Bennett; Iggy McGovern; Cherry Smyth; Miriam Gamble; Paul Maddern; Jane Robinson; Caroline Bracken; Ruari deBarra; Aoife Riach; Charleen Hurtubise; Glyn Edwards; Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe; Joan Carberry; Mark Granier; Supriya Kaur Dhaliwal; Conor Cleary; Jean O’Brien; Moyra Donaldson and Shannon Kuta Kelly.

The Poetry Jukebox relocated from UCD Library to Dublin’s Docklands, the heart of the city, but also a place where many emigrants said goodbye to their families forever. 1,490 famine emigrants evicted from Strokestown Estate in 1847 walked along the Royal Canal and departed from the docks outside CHQ.

Poetry Jukebox is a Quotidian –Word on the Street Ltd Project supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland from National Lottery Fund. In addition, this curation is supported by Poetry Ireland, Unesco Dublin City of Literature and Failte Ireland.

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. Poetry Jukebox was brought to Belfast as part of the Belfast International Arts Festival in October 2017 by collaboration between Quotidian – Word on the Street Limited and Piana na uLici, Czech Republic.

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