By Paula Meehan

Music for Dogs

Three plays for radio by Paula Meehan, one of the most popular Irish poets of her generation


Drama, Prose


Three plays for radio by Paula Meehan, one of the most popular Irish poets of her generation.

Best known as one of the leading Irish poets of her generation, Paula Meehan is also an accomplished and much-admired playwright, and her stage work has been performed by, among others, Team Theatre Company, Rough Magic, Calypso Theatre Company and The National Theatre Company at the Peacock.

As well as her work for stage, in recent years she has also written for radio, a medium which provides particular scope for the oral and sonic qualities so often admired in her writing. Music for Dogs presents, for the first time in print, a selection of that work for radio from a poet of “perfect pitch” (Midwest Book Review). Janey Mack is Going to Die, The Lover and Threehander were all written for and first performed on RTÉ Radio 1.

ISBN 9781904556961 Paperback
140 x 216 mm, 102 pp

Additional information

Weight.2 kg
Dimensions216 × 140 mm

Product Detail

  • ISBN : 9781904556961

About The Author


Paula Meehan was born in 1955 in Dublin where she still lives. She studied at Trinity College, Dublin, and at Eastern Washington University in the U.S. She has received many awards, including the Marten Toonder Award for Literature, The Butler Literary Award for Poetry, the Denis Devlin Memorial Award and the PPI Award for Radio Drama. She has published six collections of poetry, the most recent being Geomantic (Dedalus Press, 2016). Selected Poems is published in October 2020. A previous selection, entitled Mysteries of the Home, was published in 1996 and reissued by Dedalus in 2013. Her writing for stage includes the plays Mrs Sweeney (1997), Cell (1999), and, for children, Kirkle (1995), The Voyage (1997) and The Wolf of Winter (2003/2004). A collection of her radio plays, Music for Dogs, was published by Dedalus in 2008. Meehan's poetry has been set to music by artists as diverse as the avant-garde composer John Wolf Brennan and the folk singer Christy Moore. She has collaborated throughout her working life with dancers, visual artists and filmmakers. A member of Aosdána, the Irish affiliation of writers and artists, Paula Meehan is a former Ireland Professor of Poetry.