A request to install a ‘poetry jukebox’ at Kilcullen Community Library is pending with Kildare County Council, writing Brian Byrne.
Councilor Tracey O’Dwyer has a motion to this effect on the agenda for the next Municipal District of Kildare-Newbridge meeting.
The adviser refers to the system installed at St Stephen’s Green in Dublin in June (picture above)and says bringing poetry to public spaces like this allows people to “encounter poems in a whole new way”.
The St Stephen’s Green jukebox was the first of eight sound installations which will tour the island over the next 18 months, allowing members of the public to listen to a selection of 20 poems relating to the events leading up to the creation of the Free State and the Civil War. Each Jukebox will remain in situ for three months and contains a selection of poems in English and Irish by well-known poets such as Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, WB Yeats and John Hewitt, as well as lesser-known writers such as Agnes O’Farrelly ( Úna Ní Fhaircheallaigh) and Mary Devenport O’Neill.
Pictured at its launch are Dr Sandra Collins, Academic Librarian at University College Dublin and Liz Kelly, Director of Poetry Ireland.