I got a lovely surprise this evening to discover that my poem ‘Hamelin’ from my collection Liffey Swim is this week’s poem of the week 0n RTE.com, nominated by the Poetry Programme. In fact, I was so excited when I found out that I treated myself by turning on the heating a full ten minutes early.
You can hear me reading the poem here, along with a review of Liffey Swim by Philip Coleman of TDC.
So, last year I was awarded a three week bursary at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig by the Ireland Chair of Poetry. I’ve been taking the weeks piecemeal – one last July enabled me to make the final edits to Liffey Swim. Last month, I went up for another couple of days to take stock of what I’ve written since Liffey Swim was published. The guys from the RTÉ Poetry Programme lent me a zoom mic and asked me to keep an audio diary of my time there. It was a great focus for the few days and a nice net for all the loose, half-formed thoughts that float around your brain when you spend any length of time on your own. You can have a listen to the resulting ramblings (alongside a great interview with Paula Meehan and some poems by Chris Agee) here.
I had the great pleasure of hearing my debut collection Liffey Swim reviewed on RTÉ’s Poetry Programme last Saturday night, along with Dylan Brennan’s Blood Oranges. Philip Coleman of TCD gave really insightful reviews of both books and I was very gratified by the parallels that Philip drew between the two books, as I’m a big fan of Dylan’s work.
On tonights show we have the Pigott Prize shortlist & review Jessica Traynor & Dylan Brennan’s debut collections.
If you haven’t come across the Poetry Programme yet, do make it your business to listen in. It’s a great mix of work by up and coming and established poets, and has a fresh and contemporary feel. I think the half hour model works really well to keep the content lively!