The Poetry Programme 22.5.22

It was an absolute pleasure to speak to Olivia O’Leary recently on RTÉ Raidio 1 about the bilingual anthology Cnámh agus Smior/ Bone and Marrow. You can listen back to the conversation here. My thanks to Olivia and to the producer, Claire Cunningham at Rockfinch Productions.

Last week, I spoke to Helen Ní Shé on An Saol Ó Dheas about the anthology on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta. I read one of my own poems, ‘Manach Eile agus a Chat’ which is the last poem in Cnámh agus Smior/ Bone and Marrow.

Crossways 2021 and the Poetry Programme

Crossways 2021, the Irish Scottish Cultural and Literary Festival, is online this year and there has been some stellar reading so far this weekend. A special mention to Winnie Brook Young, who travelled all over Ireland and Scotland during the restrictions to film the poets. Treise leat, a Winnie! Myself and Catrìona Lexy Chaimbeul are due to read tomorow 14th February at 2pm and we will be followed by Phillip Cummings and Pàdraig MacAoidh, Áine Uí Fhoghlú and Iain Mac a’ Phearsain, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Aonghas Dubh Mac Neacail, Biddy Jenkinson and Maoilios Caimbeul, and Alan Titley and David Kinloch.

Also tomorrow evening, the Poetry Programme on RTÉ Radio 1 will feature love poems for Valentine’s Day. Delighted that ‘Grasse Mattinée’ will be included, with its translation by Alan Gillis.