See a sampling of the poems we have received so far in our new Poetry in Lockdown: A Pandemic Archive pages.


In times of crisis, poetry can become an important part of our lives – helping us to think through difficult experiences and to be attentive to the things that sustain us.

Are you a poet or poetry reader in the UCD community? Has poetry played a role in helping you to navigate these challenging times? If so, you can help us build our “Poetry in Lockdown” collection.

We are gathering original poems written during the lockdown – in draft or final form – as well as readers’ reflections on how poetry has helped them in recent months.

If you have written any poetry or any reflective pieces on the comfort you have found in poetry during lockdown, please send to us at

Cuirimid fáilte roimh fhilíocht agus píosaí machnaimh as Gaeilge chomh maith.

The contributions will be held in the Irish Poetry Reading Archive at UCD Special Collections, and will form a part of UCD’s record of this time of global pandemic.

The UCD community is large and diverse and we want as many people as possible to get involved in this project: students, staff, and their family members are all invited to contribute, as are UCD alumni and others with links to the university.  

We accept material in manuscript and typescript form, in hard or soft copy (.doc and pdf). Please email your work to and insert Poetry in Lockdown in the subject line.

Alternatively, you can post it to us at:

Special Collections,
James Joyce Library
UCD Belfield,
Dublin 4,
D04 R7R0.

Please print off and sign this consent form and send it in with your piece of writing. If you are emailing, please sign the form, scan and attach.

All contributions will be acknowledged and a list of material submitted will be available when the lockdown is over.

Rights and privacy

We ask that you sign the consent form to provide UCD with permission to digitise the material that you have submitted and make it available to the public, and to researchers.

Ideally we would like to have some information on the people who are submitting their work. We will use this information for our own curation of the material but, if you wish, personal details can be omitted from the public view. We can also arrange for public access to your work be closed to for a period of time.

Please get in touch to discuss the options available to you.

This collection will be stored and preserved in UCD Library Special Collections for future generations of students and researchers.  Hard copies of submissions will be available to users in the Special Collections reading room. 

In the future, the work may also be made available digitally to the public via the UCD Digital Library.  If you want to restrict access in any way, please let us know by contacting

Want to get in touch?

If you are interested in submitting something but have a question, please contact us at


Please download and sign the consent form below.

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