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Words Lightly Spoken

Words Lightly Spoken

Words Lightly Spoken, a podcast about poetry from Ireland, is a Rockfinch production, funded by the Arts Council of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon.


‘Espero’

Words Lightly Spoken

Poet Erin Fornoff reflects on the plight of undocumented citizens.


‘The Gravity Wave’

Words Lightly Spoken

Peter Sirr on how the violent collisions of black holes in space translate into a love poem.


‘Filleadh ón Antartach’

Words Lightly Spoken

Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh's poem tells a story of a man who travels to Antarctica only to fall in love with the sound of the ice and its landscape.


‘Twine’

Words Lightly Spoken

While clearing out space beneath the stairs of his mother’s house, Gerald Dawe comes across an inanimate household item which sparks a flurry of memories back to a previous life.


‘Back Up Quick They’re Hippies’

Words Lightly Spoken

Lani O'Hanlon recalls a hairy situation as her parents mistakenly pull into a hippy commune while on holiday in the South-West of England.


‘Our Lady of Cúm a’ Chiste’

Words Lightly Spoken

Inspired by his two-year-old grandson, Paddy Bushe recalls a bygone Ireland, full of prayer flags, ritual and Marian Year statues.


‘Still’

Words Lightly Spoken

Ailbhe Darcy ruminates on motherhood, childrearing and a smothering plant beloved by some but hated by others.


‘To The Management’

Words Lightly Spoken

Inspired by the 2,000-year-old Roman poet, Horace, John McAuliffe has found beauty in the mundanity of University administration.


‘Dorothy’s Country’

Words Lightly Spoken

Ruth Carr channels the meditations of Dorothy Wordsworth (William Wordsworth's only sister) as she roams the 19th Century English countryside.


‘While Bleeding’

Words Lightly Spoken

What can an old coat tell us about womanhood? Doireann Ní Ghríofa reads her poem, speaking to the connection of women across time.


‘The Painter on his Bike’

Words Lightly Spoken

How did one throw-away comment spark inspiration for Enda Wyley?


‘A Sonnet for Michael Viney’

Words Lightly Spoken

Michael Longley's evocation of the Mayo landscape and her insect inhabitants for the poet's close friend.


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