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Open call—Branar and The Ark seek writers and songwriters for Pop-Up Poetry

Branar and The Ark open call for professional writers and songwriters for Pop-Up Poetry for ‘lil Peeps

Do you write poetry, rhymes, or songs for children? A wonderful paid opportunity has opened up with theatre company Branar and dedicated cultural centre for children, The Ark.

Submissions are sought from professional writers and songwriters with an interest in composing new, original poetry and nonsense rhymes for children for their joint initiative Pop-Up Poetry for ‘lil Peeps.

Pop-Up Poetry for ‘lil Peeps

Designed specially for children aged from birth to six years old, Pop-Up Poetry for ‘lil Peeps began in 2019. The project commissioned poetry, rhymes and songs by contemporary artists based in Ireland.  

Supported by Creative Ireland, the first volume of this poetry was broadcast on RTÉ Junior, with original work composed by Mary Murphy, Tadhgh Mac Dhonnagáin, Liz Weir & Inni-K, which you can find online here.

Branar and The Ark are now collaborating to develop the second volume of this project, and invite artists to apply to participate in an exploratory workshop facilitated by Branar’s artistic director Marc Mac Lochlainn at The Ark in August.

Each selected writer will be paired with a performer, and invited to play and explore the worlds and words of early years children. Following the workshop, Branar and The Ark will seek to commission a small number of artists for further work. 

Applications are invited from artists from a range of linguistic backgrounds and a diversity of languages as well those writing in English and Irish. New voices are also welcome, and no previous relationship with either organisation is necessary. 

Guidelines on how to apply can be found here.

All applications must be received by 5pm on Thursday 27 July.