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 his earlier poems to more recent writings.
The show is now available to listen to or download from the ABC website HERE.
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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” – Clíona Ní Riordáin, SouthWord.
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.
Philip Casey reads his poem ‘Daily Bread’, from Year of the Knife: Poems 1980 – 1990, published by Raven Arts Press in 1991. The poem is also collected in Tried and Sentenced, his selected poems, edited by Marion Kelly and published by eMaker Editions in 2015. The poem features in the 2014 Dedalus Press anthology If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song.