Poetry Ireland launches Alphabet Blitz for the City of Dublin (ABCD project)

1st July 2020

A for Anna Liffey 
who's wonderfully whiffy. 

What’s the first A you think of in Dublin City, and can you make it into a rhyme? How about the rest of the letters?  

Alphabet Blitz for the City of Dublin (the ABCD project) is an invitation from Poetry Ireland’s Poet in Residence, Catherine Ann Cullen, to groups and individuals to make a rhyming alphabet for Dublin. 

Over 26 weeks, Catherine Ann will highlight one letter every Wednesday with an illustrated #ABCDublin prompt on Twitter and Facebook. People can use social media to submit a rhyme or response for just one letter or for the whole alphabet.  

Submissions can be written, illustrated, made into videos -- be as creative as you like! Here are a few examples from Catherine Ann to get the creativity flowing:  

A’s for the Abbey with actors galore 
Attracting admirers since 1904 


B is for Busarus, with buses by the horde,  
For Bantry or Balbriggan, why don’t you jump on board? 


B is for Bram Stoker, born in the neighbourhood,  
He wrote a book called Dracula, don’t let him suck your blood! 


The project launches on Wednesday 1 July and forms part of the Poet in Residence’s remit to connect with communities in Dublin’s north inner city, where Poetry Ireland is based (in Parnell Square), and with the city in general.  

“Many of my residency workshops and interactions have had to move online due to Covid-19 restrictions,” said Catherine Ann. “This project allows people to take a socially distanced look at Dublin City with their family or small friend group, or indeed to work online alone or with a group to write couplets about the city.” 

The alphabet theme was also inspired by the fact that Catherine Ann has been an avid collector of alphabet books since childhood. 

Poetry Ireland will share a selection of submissions on its social media including Facebook and Twitter. The organisation hopes to produce an overview document/video at the end of the project. 

Submissions are welcome in English, Irish, or any other languages. 

As the weeks go on, families, community groups and schools will be invited to devise and illustrate entire alphabets using words and characters found in their local areas. Some prizes will be awarded (details to be announced) during the project so even more reason to get involved.  

For more, see https://abcdublin.org/