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Dublin: A Year in Words

Dublin: A Year in Words celebrates the breadth and diversity of our city’s living poets through a year-long series of poetry videos filmed across 12 Dublin bookshops.

Like the city itself, the poets featured in the series are more than the sum of their parts. Collectively they tell of a Dublin full of light and shade, a city of contradictions, in constant flux. They show us that the story of Dublin is everybody’s to tell. It has no fixed points. Beyond wild, it exists far more in the unspoken and the unseen than any attempt to distil it down to a neat package can do justice to. And yet it is our poets perhaps more than anyone who have grappled with the task of laying our lifelines bare and bringing voice to the city. Dublin A Year in Words presents a cross-section of 12 poets who do just that, filmed in establishments that keep the city’s essence alive.


Dublin: A Year in Words is a celebration of what is happening in ‘the now’, supporting our living poets instead of drawing from the past.

This project is kindly supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.

Dublin: A Year in Words was curated by Linda Devlin and Stephen James Smith and filmed by Design for Life.


February’s poem is ‘Story Buddleia’ by Ophelia McCabe, which was filmed in Hodges Figgis.

Ophelia McCabe began hitting the stage as a HipHop MC in 2002 and later teamed up with Dennis Cassidy to form both Ophelia & Redsquare, and MixtapesFromTheUnderground (MTFU). Ophelia threads the boards as often as possible and has supported acts such as Pete Rock, Ice Cube, De La Soul, Pharaohe Monch, Saul Williams, Maverick Sabre and Damien Dempsey.