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Poetry Jukebox

Funded on Spacehive 26 September 2017 Delivered 15 October 2017

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Poetry Jukebox

Poetry Jukebox

Quotidian - Word on the Street Limited By Quotidian - Word on the Street Limited

Words have power. We want a poetry jukebox in Belfast to affirm life and enrich our city with poetry as an alternative to words of hatred, sectarianism, racism, sexism and bigotry.

Belfast Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 26 Sep 2017!

Every donation counts, no matter how small. Words have power: words change lives. The words most loudly spoken in Northern Ireland are words of hate, sectarianism, racism, bigotry and division; we aim to change the message so that quiet, life-affirming words are not drowned out or silenced nor remain unspoken. Through the Poetry Jukebox we want to engage positively with individuals and communities to create shared spaces, which promote belonging, and a common and life-affirming identity. We want to play with innovative ways of using literature to amplify life-affirming messages - that life can be better, that discourse matters snd reflects our lived experience, expectations and attitudes, and thus the lived experience of individuals and communities. We aim to create a narrative for NI that says we are more, bigger and better. We want to amplify gentle voices and contribute to changing the message. We want to pull poetry from a silo and put it to work, for the good of everyone.

What we'll deliver:

  • Contribute to creating shared space
  • Engage poets with a wider public
  • Enhance our environment
  • Enhance shared space
  • Enrich the public discourse
  • Make it fun, novel and inviting
  • Make poetry more accessible to more people
  • Create a platform inclusive of other languages and other voices
  • Put a Poetry Jukebox in a public space
  • Put gentle and powerful words into public space as an alternative to sectarian, racist, homophobic & sexist words

Why it's a great idea:

Poetry can capture the imagination and has at its core the ability, as Heaney wrote, to catch the heart off-guard and blow it open. We want to inspire imagination and thought. We want people to have fun. Poetry gives us small moments to experience our deep humanity, space to think, it gives us moments of escape – moments of clarity and peace, in a mad world. We want to create the opportunity to encounter poetry in surprising ways and unexpected places, to experiment with that which Joni Mitchel would say, is making things realer for the deadened. Inherent in the values of the Quotidian- Words on the Street Limited, is the aspiration to model, and experiment with ways to make literature, particularly poetry, accessible in public spaces.

Steps to get it done:

  • Bespoke Workshops for your group 2 @ £200 pledge
  • Buy a Workshop and Reading by either Deirdre or Maria for your group 2 @ £300 pledge
  • One for the Gods.. any donation you like ... WE THANK YOU!!!
  • Poetry reading for your group 2 @ £150 pledge
  • Poetry sound file @ £30 pledge
  • The launch of Northern Ireland's first Poetry Jukebox in the context of Belfast International Festival 2017
  • Gold Sponsor Endorsement ( Named on Poetry Jukebox) 2 @ £500 pledge
  • Hand-written Quotidian luggage label with a fragment of poetry - signed by Maria or Deirdre @ £5 pledge
  • Limited edition hand-written poem signed by Deirdre or Maria @ £20 pledge
  • Writing Mentoring session online/ in person (1 hr) 4 @ £80 pledge

We want to inspire a movement towards increasing the visibility of poetry in public spaces. Ideas, while particular to a context, should also have the potential to be replicable and inspiring. We want to be part of enhancing the sense that the city is a gallery; that poetry and the city augment the animation of the other; that rejuvenation of poetry runs hand in hand with the rejuvenation of urban space. Ireland punches above its weight in poetry, and within that Northern Ireland has a particular elevation. We want to celebrate that, but work with other agencies such as urban planners, and those engaged with determining the public infrastructure to experiment with embedding that aspect of our shared heritage in explicit, playful, innovative and exciting ways. We want to bring an element of surprise and joy to people in urban landscapes, in unexpected and playful ways to un-expectant people, so that language and literature is where it belonbelongs: everywhere, and for everybody.


Location Belfast

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Belfast City Council

How will the money be spent?Total £3,372

Poetry Jukebox - £2,000 (59%)
Transport from Czech Republic - £500 (15%)
IT/ Digital mastering - £400 (12%)
Customisation, so we can identify our poets - £200 (6%)
Other - £272 (8%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Poetry Jukebox
Transport from Czech Republic
IT/ Digital mastering
Customisation, so we can identify our poets
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £3,372

Our Volunteer List

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  • Website development support

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