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Poetry Call Box


“That was brilliant and funny, what a fabulous idea. Made me smile a lot!!!”
“It was weird and awesome. A great experience.”
“Loved talking to the Robot! So funny and such a great idea!”

When the phone rings from within the box, you are are greeted by the voice of The Poetry Robot, a highly developed artificial intelligence. Designed by the Department of Poetry, The Poetry Robot is consigned to exist within the box, which it isn’t too pleased about. However, it is being a kind-hearted being and, she assures us, definitely not fixated on human extermination.

Every audience interaction is unique, and at the end of the conversation, The Poetry Robot selects and prints a personalised poem it thinks the participant will benefit from, based on the conversation.

The Poetry Call Box was originally commission by the DNweekND to connect poetry with people who don’t already enjoy it, or feel intimidated by it. Since then, it has been re-programmed several times, turning its attention to artificial intelligence, Roald Dahl and the role of machines in society.


Northern Art Festival, Theatre Deli (2016)
Sheffield By The Sea (2016)
Hilsborough Festival (2016)
Off The Shelf, Sheffield (2016)
DNweekeND, Doncaster (July, 2015)

Created by
Andy Owen Cook and Ben Jackson

Jonathan Cook, Theatre Deli, Access Space, Sarah Sharp, Right Up Your Strees & the DNweekeND.

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