WELCOME to Poetry Matters, the blog of Ireland’s Dedalus Press, bringing you news, interviews, samples and much more.
Congratulations to Doireann Ní Ghríofa who, on 02 Sept, in its 40th anniversary year, received the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature for her poetry. Dedalus Press is proud to have published Doireann’s English-language debut, Clasp, described as follows by Nyla
Thomas Kinsella reads and introduces the poem ‘Marcus Aurelius’ from Marginal Economy (Peppercanister No. 24) recorded in Belmullet, Co. Mayo, June 2006, following the presentation to him of the Ted McNulty Award (from the Dedalus Press archive)
Theo Dorgan is the guest on this week’s Poetry Programme (Saturday 20 February at 7:30 pm, RTÉ Radio 1), reading from his most recent collection Nine Bright Shiners (Dedalus Press, 2014), his translations of Maram al-Masri’s Barefoot Souls, and previewing
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation on 03 Feb 2016 broadcast an edited version of Eamon Little’s very fine documentary on the life and work of the late Francis Harvey, featuring powerful readings by Frank (as he was generally known), dating from
Doireann Ní Ghríofa reads ‘Frozen Food’ from Clasp, her debut English language collection of poems, published by Dedalus Press in 2015, in which the poet has “signalled that she is a poetic force to be reckoned with in the future”
The following three poems are taken from Paula Meehan’s Mysteries of the Home (Dedalus Press, 2013). The volume gathers together the poems from her two seminal 1990s collections The Man Who was Marked by Winter (1991) and Pillow Talk (1994).
Macdara Woods reads three poems from his 2012 Collected Poems.
Patrick Deeley shares his thoughts on poetry with Aoife Byrne, following the publication of Groundswell, his New and Selected Poems (Interview first published in July 2013) Do you have a particular method of writing? Each collection seems to tie in
The late Francis Harvey reads one of his best known poems, ‘Elegy for the Islanders’, recorded at the launch of Collected Poems in Dublin’s Damer hall in 2007.
Leland Bardwell is “a poet who has felt the shocks of our time, the private impacts and the historic changes” wrote Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin. Here is Leland reading the title poem of her 2015 selected, Them’s Your Mammy’s Pills.