A five-part series of The Essay for BBC Radio 3 Forthcoming: broadcast over five nights from Monday 2nd January 2023 to Friday 6th January 2023, starting at 22:45 Great empty buildings, which only a few decades ago were bustling convents, tower over most towns and villages in Ireland, but they represent a world which is […]
The First Pure Clear Place
The story of the visit to Ireland of Sylvia Plath in September 1962 and her admiration of her literary hero, William Butler Yeats. First broadcast: Sunday 12 February 2023, 6pm, RTÉ lyric fm Listen back: https://www.rte.ie/radio/lyricfm/clips/22211976/ In September 1962, Sylvia Plath and her husband, Ted Hughes, visited Ireland as guests of the Irish poet Richard […]
Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan meets some of the new voices in the world of Irish poetry as they explore their relationships with Ireland and with the country of their heritage. Forthcoming on RTÉ lyric fm in 2023.
Vona Groarke meets fellow poets John McAuliffe, Martina Evans, Sinéad Morrissey and Conor O’Callaghan, who all share her experience of moving from Ireland to live and work in the UK. Forthcoming on RTÉ lyric fm in 2023.
Jessica Traynor writes a history in poetry of Banagher in County Offaly. Forthcoming on RTÉ lyric fm in 2023.
Olivia O’Leary and poet Paddy Bushe follow the route of a long-forgotten walk in Kerry, as described in her poem ‘Darrynane in 1832’ by Ellen Fitz-Simon, daughter of Daniel O’Connell. First broadcast: Sunday 26 February 2023, 6pm, RTÉ lyric fm. Listen back: https://www.rte.ie/radio/lyricfm/clips/22217677/ Some years ago, Kerry-based poet Paddy Bushe was visiting Derrynane House, home […]
From Kingstown to Dun Laoghaire
First broadcast: Sunday 5th June 2022 at 6pm on RTÉ lyric fm Listen back here or download as a Lyric Feature podcast. Gerald Dawe explores the social and cultural history of Dun Laoghaire, where he has lived for over 30 years, in poetry and conversation. Gerald Dawe first moved to Dun Laoghaire in 1989 and […]
Reflections on Lough Derg
First broadcast on RTÉ lyric fm, Sunday 29th May 2022 at 6pm. Listen back here or download as a Lyric Feature podcast. Poet, sailor and RNLI lifeboat volunteer Eleanor Hooker explores her relationship with Lough Derg in poetry and in conversation with friends and neighbours. The poet Eleanor Hooker lives on the shores of Lough […]
First broadcast on RTÉ lyric fm, Sunday 22nd May 2022 at 6pm Listen back here or download as a Lyric Feature podcast. Poet Seán Lysaght explores the Wild Nephin area of north Mayo. Limerick-born poet Seán Lysaght has lived for many years in Mayo. In this programme, he explores the landscape, nature and history of […]
The Limerick Man
First broadcast: Sunday 6th February 2022, 6 pm, RTÉ lyric fm; re-broadcast Sunday 8th January 2023. Finalist in the New York Festivals Radio Awards 2022 in the Biography/Profiles documentary category. Search for ‘Lyric Feature’ podcast or listen back here: https://www.rte.ie/radio/lyricfm/clips/22059544/ Sara Lodge retraces the Irish journeys of writer, artist and composer Edward Lear, best known […]