Quotidian Upcoming Events


“Carved in stone over the entrance to Armagh Robinson Library is an inscription in Greek, which translates as ’the healing place of the soul’. The creative team must surely have had that phrase in mind as they set about devising this hypnotic, soothing dance-poetry film, in which three dancers delicately flit and flutter along shelves and through pages, as though ‘on the powdered wings of butterflies.” Jane Coyle

Quotidian is delighted to present BIND at the Belfast International Arts Festival. A sumptuous poetry and dance film set in the exquisite Robinson Library in Armagh, BIND explores the legacy of binds between past and present, the tension between elevation, elites and access to knowledge, progress and change, the visibility and constraints on women, and how a visionary institution contributes to progress in the modern world.

This innovative contemporary dance and poetry film has been created in the Armagh Robinson Library, to celebrate its 250th anniversary. When he died, Archbishop Robinson requested that all his personal correspondence be burned and destroyed. In 2019, the poet Maria McManus ran an international letter-writing campaign to ‘fill the void’ left behind, with new letters. Hundreds of letters were received from people of all ages, and from across the globe. The subjects written about included contemporary issues, and also letters to the dead, the lost, the imagined, to the future, to the past, to the inner self, and to public figures.

The film explores the theme of ‘binding’ in several ways – the binding of books, as bonds across time and generations, in the costumes, and metaphorically linking corsetry to constraints on women and access to education and expression of the body, written and spoken words. The Robinson Library is also a character in the film, which was recorded there in July 2021

In-person screening on Sat 22 Oct at 4pm in QFT

It will be followed by a Q&A moderated by Jane Coyle with members of the creative team such as director & choreographer Eileen McClory, poet and producer Maria McManus, filmmaker Conan McIvor and composer Katie Richardson.

Book your ticket for the in-person screening:

Online premiere of the film  at 7.00pm on 23th Oct.

Available on demand thereafter: watch this space!

Book your ticket for the online premiere:

BIND is a collaboration between choreographer Eileen McClory, poet Maria McManus, composer Katie Richardson, costume designer Úna Hickey, and filmmaker Conan McIvor. The dancers are Ryan O’Neill, Clara Kerr and Rosie Mullin. The poet Bebe Ashley translated the chosen lines to sign language, which formed the basis for development of the movement sequences. Voice-over is by Roisín Gallagher.

Photo credit: Michael McEvoy   Dancer: Claire Kerr

Supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland from National Lottery Funds


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Acts of Commission

Quotidian brings you two newly commissioned poems;  What Pa Saw at the Benders by Sinéad Morrissey and The Vocation by Nick Laird.  

In specially commissioned editions of  ‘The Attic Sessions’ digital video podcasts, ongoing throughout the Belfast International Arts Festival,  Poetry Ireland editor Nessa O’Mahoney talks with Sinéad Morrissey and Nick Laird.  Tune in to the podcasts to hear them read and discuss their poems and creative processes.
At the festival venues, you can also collect the Pocket Poems – a playful, fresh and innovative limited edition ‘business cards’ for your wallet or pocket. These collectable cards will include a scannable QR code link to the poets’ audio recordings – look out for your free copy! Save them! Gift them! Play them!

Further info on 'Acts of Commission' at The Belfast Arts Festival:

Supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland from National Lottery Funds & by Poetry Ireland


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Poetry Jukebox is hosting twenty contemporary poets presenting new poems and projecting our future, 100 years from now. In the context of our turbulent present – the centenary of partition, the climate crisis, and our troubled modern world – Quotidian commissioned twenty of our finest and most innovative poets to project their vision one hundred years into the future.

The result is AMBIGUITIES. A new Jukebox installation at the Crescent Arts Centre, a launch event & a workshop!

Poets in this special Poetry Jukebox edition include Conor Cleary, Anna Loughran, Annemarie Ní Chuirreann, Cathal Póirtéir, Charles Lang, Mel McMahon, Cherry Smyth, Kerri Ní Dochartaigh, John Kelly, Nandi Jola, Linda McKenna, Susannah Dickey, Jess McKinney, Emily Cooper, Gerald Dawe, Allan Gillis, Scott McKendry, Sacha White, Paul Maddern and Siobhan Campbell.

Join the Launch Event and readings on Thursday 13th October at 7.30pm in The Cube at the Crescent Arts Centre.
All welcome (no booking required).

On Saturday 15th October, join poet Scott McKendry for a special workshop based on the themes of Ambiguities at the Crescent Arts Centre. Scott will guide participants in writing poems about the future, both in the personal sense and the public sense.
Scott McKendry was the recipient of the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award 2019 and his pamphlet, Curfuffle (The Lifeboat), was Poetry Book Society Autumn Choice 2019. He’s currently working on his first full collection.

Stop a while at The Crescent Arts Centre or listen online to the poems:

Supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland from National Lottery Funds

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5 Rue des Irlandais

A cornucopia of poems in Irish, French & English celebrating the ‘city of light’.

5 rue des Irlandais, is that most seductive of Parisian addresses – Centre Culturel Irlandais!   It is also the name of a new anthology of Irish poets celebrating the city of light.

Poetry Jukebox will host a fantastic tri-lingual on-street audio installation in French, Irish and English at An Chultúrlann.

Launch Event

8th October at 1.00pm in An Chultúrlann. There will be readings, light refreshments and music.  Bígí linn! Bienvenue!

Poets in this special edition of Poetry Jukebox include:  Dermot Bolger, Iggy McGovern, Gerard Smyth, Catherine Phil MacCarthy, Afric McGlinchey, Mary Noonan, Caitriona O’Reilly, Ailbhe Ní Ghearbuigh, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Paddy Bushe, Mary Dorcey, Hugh O’Donnell, Michael Coady, Gerry Murphy, Derry O’Sullivan, Aifric Mac Aodha, Theo Dorgan, Pat Boran, Edward Denniston, and Matthew Sweeney.

Stop a while at Cultúrlann or listen online to the poems:

Supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland from National Lottery Funds

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