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Dermot Bolger

Writer Presents
The poet, playwright and novelist looks at the life and enduring legacy of architect Herbert Simms.

At Bridget's Well

Three Poems for Brigid
Poem by Doireann Ní Ghríofa Performance by Osaro Azams Music by Syn To celebrate St ...

Old Biddy Talk

Three Poems for Brigid
Paula Meehan's poem performed by Ruth McCabe.

i mbolc

Three Poems for Brigid
Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe's poem performed by Caitríona Ennis.

Dúlra (The Elements, Nature)

Spreading the Words
Hear how the natural word is perceived by Irish writers in the past and present.

Immram (Voyage)

Spreading the Words
The theme of immram, or voyage, is central to a number of poems by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill.

What Is The Word Discussion

This discussion explores the inspiration, dramaturgy, and design of the exhibition as they relate to the different literary phases of Samuel Beckett’s life and career.

Hold Open the Door: Annemarie Ní Churreáin & Rory Duffy

This episode features Annemarie Ní Churreáin and Rory Duffy in conversation about topics such as the value of creative writing groups and rediscovering a creative path.

Hold Open the Door: Bebe Ashley, Emma Must and Sinéad Morrissey

Hold Open the Door
This episode features poets Bebe Ashley, Emma Must and Sinéad Morrissey in conversation about the influence they have had on one another, Belfast as a key theme in their work, and the importance of getting feedback.

'Women of the Atlantic Seaboard'

Irish Poetry Reading Archive
Breda Wall Ryan gives the 'everywoman' a backstory.

Na hAgallaimh Imram: Colin Ryan

Scríbhneoir ar leith é Colin Ryan atá lonnaithe in Melbourne agus an Ghaeilge roghnaithe aige mar mheán liteartha.

Hold Open the Door: Nithy Kasa & Jean O'Brien

Hold Open the Door
On learning not to be strong, teaching creative writing, writing in English as a fourth language, and finding trusted readers.

Dinnsheanchas (A Literature of Place)

Spreading the Words
Real space without and imaginative space within: how the poetry of Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, rooted in the landscape, echoes the interests of medieval Ireland.

'Close to Magic'

Sarah Maria Griffin on portals, bad advice and how writing can free us.

A Poetic Licence Earned

City of Books
Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin about a time when books were banned as well as how her mother, children's writer Eilís Dillon, had a cupboard of them.

The Diplomatic Arts

City of Books
Ambassador Daniel Mulhall talks to Martina Devlin about how literature can act as a cultural bridge.

A Wet Summer's Evening

Irish Poetry Reading Archive
Joseph Woods evokes an all too familiar image, that of a rainy Irish summer.

The Light Fantastic

Irish Poetry Reading Archive
Kate Dempsey takes whimsical look at an everyday occurrence in rural Ireland.

The Inner Poet

Irish Poetry Reading Archive
Mark Roper talks about the voice that everyone has that instills doubt in the worst possible moments.


Irish Poetry Reading Archive
Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe explores the associations between the female body and the moon.


Irish Poetry Reading Archive
Mary O'Donnell looks at a mother's anticipation of her daughter's arrival.

Dublin You Are

Irish Poetry Reading Archive
Stephen James Smith looks at how Dublin is a city made up of many different elements.

The Lost Boys

Irish Poetry Reading Archive
Mary O'Malley's poem looks at how homelessness is an ever-present problem on the streets of Dublin.

The Darwin Vampires

Irish Poetry Reading Archive
Patrick Chapman's alternative take on the classic vampire legend.

'The Singer'

Irish Poetry Reading Archive
Medbh McGuckian looks at how being a poet requires making certain sacrifices.

Haunted by the Ghost

City of Books
In her first podcast interview since being named winner of the An Post Irish Book of the Year award for 2020, Doireann Ní Ghríofa talks to Martina Devlin.


Words Lightly Spoken
Poet Erin Fornoff reflects on the plight of undocumented citizens.

The Gravity Wave

Words Lightly Spoken
Peter Sirr on how the violent collisions of black holes in space translate into a love poem.

Filleadh ón Antartach

Words Lightly Spoken
Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh's poem tells a story of a man who travels to Antarctica only to fall in love with the sound of the ice and its landscape.

Back Up Quick They're Hippies

Words Lightly Spoken
Lani O'Hanlon recalls a hairy situation as her parents mistakenly pull into a hippy commune while on holiday in the South-West of England.


Words Lightly Spoken
Ailbhe Darcy ruminates on motherhood, childrearing and a smothering plant beloved by some but hated by others.

To the Management

Words Lightly Spoken
Inspired by the 2,000-year-old Roman poet, Horace, John McAuliffe has found beauty in the mundanity of University administration.

Dorothy's Country

Words Lightly Spoken
Ruth Carr channels the meditations of Dorothy Wordsworth (William Wordsworth's only sister) as she roams the 19th Century English countryside.

While Bleeding

Words Lightly Spoken
What can an old coat tell us about womanhood? Doireann Ní Ghríofa reads her poem, speaking to the connection of women across time.

The Painter on His Bike

Words Lightly Spoken
How did one throw-away comment spark inspiration for Enda Wyley?

A Sonnet for Michael Viney

Words Lightly Spoken
Words Lightly Spoken, a podcast about poetry from Ireland, is a Rockfinch production, funded by the Arts Council of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon.

Our Lady of Cúm a' Chiste

Words Lightly Spoken
Inspired by his two-year-old grandson, Paddy Bushe recalls a bygone Ireland, full of prayer flags, ritual and Marian Year statues.

The Lyric Flow of Street

In this lecture, poet Micheal O'Siadhail, looks at how the poems in If Ever You Go express the varying emotions generated by the experience of Dublin.

Women Poets in the City

Dr Lucy Collins explores some poems by women published in the last one hundred years, from lesser-known figures such as Winifred Letts to contemporaries Eavan Boland and Paula Meehan.

Exploring the Sea in the Work of Eavan Boland and W.B. Yeats

Jody Allen Randolph explores the 'landless inheritance' of two of our greatest poets, and how the sea shaped their imaginative lives.

Imaginary Bonnets with Real Bees in them

Poet Paula Meehan delivered this lecture as Ireland's Professor of Poetry in 2014.

Old and Tough / As love

Moya Cannon reads her poem 'Pollen' in which she describes the powdery grain as 'old and tough / as love'.

Let No Love Poem Ever come to this Threshold

Eavan Boland's poem 'Quarantine' addresses the horrors of the Irish famine of the 1840s through the tragic story of a husband and wife, and their final hours.

Hold Open the Door: Paula Meehan

Hold Open the Door
In conversation with Kelly O'Brien and Margaret Kelleher, poet Paula Meehan reads a new poem and covers topics such as the value of creative workshops, cycles of poverty in north inner-city Dublin, and poetry as a means of protest.