Play the Poetry Jukebox at home

“Because I was you and I didn’t think poetry belonged to me.

It took me a long time to discover it

And when I did, it opened a whole world for me.”

– Sarah Crossan Laureate na nÓg 2018-2020

Poetry Jukebox are #ChangingTheMessage! They want to share beautiful, profound and life-affirming words and change the words on our streets, opening hearts and minds, putting poetry to work where it belongs: everywhere, for everyone. 

The poetry jukebox outside EPIC was updated recently with the help of Sarah Crossan. Sarah is Ireland’s fifth Laureate na nÓg; her goal as Laureate is to encourage young people to express themselves through poetry. 

Young people from all over Ireland wrote these poems in workshops as part of Sarah’s We Are The Poets project. The workshops were facilitated by Sarah and Irish writers including Colm Keegan, Elaine Feeney, Denise Blake, John Cummins, Myra Zepf, Alice Kinsella, Nell Regan, and Jackie Mac Donncha.

Just as with the Poetry Jukebox, you can press a button below and hear a poem from the Laureate na nÓg #WeAreThePoets anthology of young Irish voices.

Joshua Cullen

Patrick Ó Domhnaill

Paolo Di Stallo

Ruairí Dack

Joe Reidy

Aoife Coyle

Evie Rutherford

Annie Clarke

Orla Browne

Emily O’Neill

Sadhbh Goodwin

Aaron O’Dea

Shiofra Ward O’Meara

Ellen Moriarty

Julie Hoodswain

Children of the Curragh FRC

Janet Akintunde

Katie Anna Porter

Laureate na nÓg is an initiative of the Arts Council, managed on the Council’s behalf by Children’s Books Ireland, with the support of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and Poetry Ireland. The honour has been established to engage young people with high quality literature and to underline the importance of children’s literature in our cultural and imaginative life.

Poetry Jukebox was created by Ondrej Kobza as part of the Czech Cultural Project, Piána na ulici, (Pianos on the Streets). Other poetry jukeboxes have been installed in Paris, New York, Prague, Kiev, Warsaw, Berlin, Brussels and Lodz. Poetry Jukebox is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland through National Lottery Funds.