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“Divining Dante”: a Poetry Jukebox of poems in Italian and English inspired by the work of Dante Alighieri.

World renowned Italian poet, Dante Alighieri, has inspired writers and artists around the globe. To celebrate his 700th anniversary in September 2021, “Divining Dante”, a new anthology of poetry responding to Dante’s Divine Comedy was published by Recent Work Press.

20 of the contributors, including poets from Ireland and Italy, recorded their poems for inclusion in Quotidian’s Poetry Jukebox, a public art project that allows people to listen to poetry. Some poems are read in English, some in Italian, but all have Dante as their focus.

A poetry jukebox with a selection of the Divining Dante poems will be ‘resident’ at the Italian Institute of Culture for three months from March to May 2023

It will be launched at 6.30 pm on Thursday 2nd March at an event co-organised by the IIC and Irish PEN/ PEN na hÉireann and Quotidian. It will be attended by Dantean scholars from across the island of Ireland, as well as contributors to the Divining Dante anthology.

Igor Candido, Head of Italian at Trinity College Dublin will introduce the evening with a speech on Dante and poetry.

Artist Liam O’Broin will also exhibit some of his lithographs inspired by The Divine Comedy already displayed at the Coach House Dublin Castle in 2021.

Starting form 2nd March until end of May, Poetry Jukebox will be available for the public every working days from 10am to 4.30pm at the Italian Institute of Culture, 11 Fitzwilliam Square East. Admission free.

Poetry Jukebox – find out more on this project on the Quotidian website HERE

Free admission. For the launch evening please register here


Poets featured on the Divining Dante Poetry Jukebox:


  • Antonella Anedda
  • Moira Egan
  • Massimo Gezzi


  • Philip Gross
  • Anthony Vahni Capildeo
  • Maura Dooley


  • Eleanor Hooker
  • Eileán Ní Chuilleanáin
  • Joseph Woods
  • Mary O’Donnell


  • Cindy Frenkel
  • Jacqueline Osherow


  • Merlinda Bobis
  • Felicity Plunkett
  • Adrian Caesar


  • Theophilus Kwek
  • Marc Nair


  • Mamang Dai
  • Irwan Alan Sealy
  • Vivek Narayanen

Reservation no longer available

  • Organized by: Istituto Italiano di Cultura Dublino
  • In collaboration with: Irish PEN/PEN na hÉireann