'They shoot in the head, but they don't know the revolution is in the heart.' - From, The Revolution is in the Heart, by Khet Thi (Myanmar)
This project is part of an international collaboration between Irish PEN/PEN an hÉireann, Belfast-based company Quotidian-Word on the Street and Ondrej Kobza, the inventor of the Poetry Jukebox in the Czech Republic, and is a curation for International Imprisoned Writers Day.
This curation for Poetry Jukebox includes translated works by international imprisoned writers Varavara Rao (India) (VR), Ilhan Sami Çomak (Turkey) (ISC), Perhat Tursun (Uyghur poet, China) (PT), and Paola Ugaz (Peru) (PU).
Khet Thi and K Za Win (KZW) were killed by military forces in Myanmar in 2021.
Poetry Jukebox is curated for Irish PEN/PEN an hÉireann by Lia Mills and Maria McManus.
The work of our imprisoned writers, or homages to them is read by the following: Tishani Doshi, June Considine, Gabriel Rosenstock, Nidhi Zak/Aria/Eipe, John O’Donnell, Caroline Stockford, Theo Dorgan, Liz McManus, Paula Meehan, Lia Mills (Irish PEN), Kate Ennals, Joshua L. Freeman, Aziz Isa Elkun, Stephen James Smith, Catherine Dunne, Neil Hegarty, Evelyn Conlon, Pádraig Hanratty, Cathal Póirtéir and Siúan Póirtéir.
Irish PEN/PEN na hÉireann aims to promote literature in and about Ireland both nationally and internationally, to defend worldwide the right of writers to responsible freedom of expression as defined in the PEN Charter, and to foster international understanding through the appreciation of literature.