We are delighted to share some really great news about this rich collection of writing documenting the COVID_19 pandemic.
All writing submitted to the site since March 2020 will be preserved by Irish Poetry Reading Archive at UCD Library.
It had always been our intention to assemble these written testimonies for us all to look back on when we’re back to “normal”. We were thinking sort of short term in terms of keeping the collection online for the next few years but the Irish Poetry Reading Archive at UCD Library has stepped in and offered to archive this social history for the next 50-100 years. This means your work will be preserved in this archive which is located in UCD Special Collections, and may be made available digitally by UCD in the future. What this really means is that you can visit the collection and it will be available for future generations of your family and friends to visit. For contributors outside Ireland, the Irish Poetry Reading Archive at UCD Library could be an exciting pitstop when you visit Ireland.
A big shout out of thanks to Ursula Byrne, Head of Development and Strategic Programmes at UCD Library and colleagues Evelyn Flanagan and Lucy Collins for approaching us and working with us to preserve all your wonderful work. More information about this archive and the benefits of curating and preserving this material for future generations is available here.