His Chosen Islands

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His Chosen Islands – to be broadcast on Friday 4 August 2017 at 7 pm on RTÉ lyric fm.

A tribute to the work of poet Richard Murphy, who celebrates his 90th birthday on 6th August 2017.

When Richard Murphy first stepped on board a pookaun at Rossow Harbour in 1951 he had no idea where the traditional fishing boating would bring him.  A storm was coming that would steer Richard to an island where the poet would find friends that would mentor him and a sailing life that would inspire him for more than 20 years. Producer Julien Clancy, takes us on a voyage of discovery to the west coast where we visit Inishbofin, Cleggan and High Island to explore the impact these places had on one of Ireland’s greatest Anglo Irish Poets. We also speak hear from his daughter Emily, islander John Concannon, whose father taught Richard how to sail, academics Lucy Collins and Ben Keatinge, and the poet Gerald Dawe. The programme also features archive recordings of interviews and readings by Richard Murphy from his home in Sri Lanka sharing some of his most celebrated work, including Sailing to an Island and The Battle of Aughrim.

Producer: Julien Clancy.
Executive producer: Claire Cunningham.

A Rockfinch Production (Ireland) for RTE lyric fm, funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland from the Television Licence Fee.

Richard Murphy’s memoir The Kick has been re-issued by Cork University Press.

In Search of Poetry, by Richard Murphy, has been recently published by Clutag Press.

The volume Making Integral: Critical Essays on Richard Murphy, edited by Ben Keatinge, will be published later this year by Cork University Press.

An event to celebrate the work of Richard Murphy will take place in Poetry Ireland on 21 September 2017. To find out more, go to: www.poetryireland.ie/whats-on/richard-murphy-poetry-evening