Workshop 1 Craft Room Belfast Book Festival


Poetry as Commemoration

Poetry Jukebox

2022-2023 marks the centenary of one of the most challenging periods in Irish history including the Irish War of Independence and the Civil War. Poetry as Commemoration, curated for the Belfast Book Festival 2022, invites listeners to engage with poems by individuals who either lived through the violent upheaval of the time or those who reflect upon the transformation of Ireland from the vantage point of history. Writers include Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, John Hewitt, Jane Clarke, W.B. Yeats, Máire Mhac an tSaoi and more.

Poetry as Commemoration is an initiative of the Irish Poetry Reading Archive at UCD Library and is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 programme.

Project partners include Poetry Ireland, Arts Council Northern Ireland and Quotidian Ltd.

The Crescent is proud to be home to the first Poetry Jukebox in Ireland; launched at the Belfast International Arts Festival in 2017 by Belfast-based poet and playwright Maria Mc Manus. Maria has a passion for bringing literature into the cityscape so that we can encounter the beauty and imagery of words (sometimes unexpectedly) as we go about our everyday lives.

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