Here is a sneak preview:  listen to the Poetry Jukebox  using the link below!

Quotidian Upcoming Events


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.

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


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!

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



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.


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


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.


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


Children & Irish Language

New Project

Máire Zepf has lined up some outstanding partners for Quotidian’s Children & Irish Language programme in the coming year!
Joining creative forces with the likes of the Ulster Orchestra, National Museums of NI, Belfast City Council, Young at Art and Cultúrlann Mc Adam Ó Fiaich, she can’t wait to weave the threads of literature and heritage, strike a chord with musical story composition and welcome a brand new Poetry Jukebox to the party.

Watch this space!

About Máire Zepf

Máire Zepf has written 15 books for children, from picture books to a YA verse novel. Winner of the KPMG/CBI Children’s Book of the Year, 4 LAI Children’s Book Awards and 2 international White Ravens among many others, her books appear in 10 languages worldwide. The Co. Down author was the first Children’s Writing Fellow for Northern Ireland, based at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at QUB. She is Artistic Director for Quotidian – Word on the Street. Máire loves eating crisps and sea-swimming (although not at the same time).

Is údar don aos óg í Máire Zepf. Tá cúig leabhar déag scríofa aici, idir phictiúrleabhair do na leitheoirí is óige, úrscéalta staire agus úrscéal véarsaíochta do dhéagóirí. Tá go leor duaiseanna bainte aici, ina measc Gradam Leabhar na Bliana de chuid Leabhair Pháistí Éireann, 4 chinn de Gradam Chumann Litearthachta na hÉireann agus White Raven faoi dhó. Tá a cuid leabhair aistrithe anois go 10 dteanga ar fud an domhain. Ceapadh Máire mar an chéad Comhalta le Scríbhneoireacht Páistí i dTuaisceart na hÉireann. Is Stiúrthóir Ealaíne í do Quotidian – Word on the Street. Is aoibhinn le Máire criospaí agus an snámh san fharraige (ach ní ag an am céanna).