Poetry as Commemoration: Introduction
Poetry as Commemoration project, an all island project, will use poetry as a means to deepen our collective understanding of Ireland's past and to explore a challenging period of our history relating to the struggle for independence and Civil War, in a spirit of openness and inclusivity.
Key components of this project include
The Commissioned work: A core component of this project is to commission a selection of poems, in English and in Irish, on topics, themes and events inspired by primary source materials relating to the War of Independence and Civil War that are held in archives around the country. A selection committee will be drawn up by IPRA, working closely with Poetry Ireland, to select the commissioned poets, ensuring diversity, representation from both sides of the border, and academic input.
Creative writing workshops: A community engagement programme will include creative writing workshops for adults and children. They will draw inspiration for new creative work by engaging with original documents relating to the War of Independence and Civil War.
- Poetry in public spaces: A programme of poetry in public spaces, including the curation of recordings generated by the project for the mobile Poetry Jukebox will tour towns and cities, together with other poetry exhibitions and installations, such as “Rain Poetry”.
Rain poetry by Nidhi Zakaria Eipe
UCD’s Associate Professor Lucy Collins and Maria McManus of Quotidian with the Poetry Jukebox
Rain Poetry haiku as Gaeilge by Gabriel Rosenstock
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Examples of archival materials
Developing the project
A Creative Producer will be engaged to develop and lead this project .
Work will include developing a dynamic programme of activities to engage diverse audiences on the island of Ireland, including poetry workshops, events, installations and publications. This person will also work with the poetry partners, along with local, regional and national organisations, individual poets and practitioners, to facilitate creative engagement with archives
Process of writing commemorative poems.
"The stories of individual people in our history, held in their letters, diaries and memoirs as well as in public documents, can capture the imagination and create an emotional response in both the writer and the reader. Commemorative poems help us to unpack historic events and to understand the humanity of the people involved." Poet Jane Clarke, commenting on a commissioned poem for a film in the Strokestown Poetry Festival
Jane Clarke also spoke about drawing inspiration from the writings of Asenath Nicholson. She described the role of the poet as being like an outsider …."a sensitive, observant, compassionate outsider… drawing on their emotional, intellectual and imaginative response to archival material to write poetry of and out of these lives".
The Irish Poetry Reading Archive (IPRA) at UCD Library is delighted to lead this exciting national commemorations project which will explore poetry as a means of deepening our understandings of the past through archives and other original documents. By engaging contemporary poets to look at Ireland’s past we endeavour to reflect the Ireland of the 21st century. This artistic expression will form the future interpretation of both past events and current commemorations.
Poems, drafts, photographs, manuscripts etc from this project will be archived with the Irish Poetry Reading Archive, in UCD.
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