Tuesday, 4 March 2008

South Dublin Poetry - County Lives

Apparently there is poetry at the Belgard Luas Stop, part of County Lives by Dermot Bolger, commissioned by South Dublin County Council’s In Context 3 public art programme. Must be a bit like Poetry on the Dart.

County Lives is a sequence of poems by renowned Irish poet & author, Dermot Bolger, primarily in the voices of commuters undertaking everyday journeys across South Dublin County. Dermot commissioned artist John Carpenter to create a mural of three poems at the Belgard Luas Stop.

The twelve poems in the County Lives sequence are also displayed in twelve locations across South Dublin County between September 2007 and September 2008 and will rotate throughout the year. The locations include County Hall, the Civic Theatre, Clondalkin Civic Office & Motor Tax Office as well as county libraries at Ballyroan, Castletymon, Lucan & Clondalkin. Anyone seen them?

All 12 of Dermot's poems are available to read on the In Context 3 website on beautiful PDFs. Print them out and display them, why not? Become a guerilla poet. Stick them where they say Bill Stickers will be prosecuted. Put them on the back of public toilet doors for uninterrupted perusal. Cinemas, Superquinn, work. Dermot's poems take in places like Lucan, Old Bawn, Clondalkin.

Between the January 1st and March 30th 2008, people who live or work in South Dublin County are invited to submit on this website, up to three original poems that reflect some aspect of their lives within the county.

In September 2008, the full text of County Lives will be published, consisting of Dermot Bolger’s original sequence interlinked with a representative cross section of submitted poems by other authors.

Sounds like an opportunity for South Dublin occupants and workers.

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