“A Road, A Mile of Kingdom”

EXHIBITION : PATRICK KAVANAGH

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Kavanagh reflects on the lines of his poem 'Inniskeen Road' as he walks along the road.

  • Title
    Patrick Kavanagh
  • 1st Broadcast
    10/10/1966
  • Contributor
    Patrick Kavanagh
  • Clip Duration
    00:02:22
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    The Writers
  • Clip title
    “A Road, A Mile of Kingdom”
  • Extended description

    Kavanagh reflects on the lines of his poem ' Inniskeen Road' as he walks along the road. He comments on his ambivalent relationship with his home place, and how the most exciting periods of his life were spent elsewhere. Kavanagh also describes here the three times in his life in which he experienced excitement in relation to his work.

    "In one of my early poems I wrote of this road:
    'A road, a mile of kingdom, I am king of banks and stones and every bloomin' thing.'
    - a worthless kingdom indeed."
     

    "...The trouble with me is that many of the most exciting periods of my life have been spent far from Inniskeen: in London, Paris, Rome and New York. This place of my youth was hardly ever home to me, except for a few years between the late twenties and early thirties..."

  • Information

    On 10 October 1966, the first of an occasional series on Irish writers was broadcast on RTÉ. The subject of this episode was the poet Patrick Kavanagh.

    In the same week, Patrick Kavanagh devoted his weekly column in the RTÉ Guide to film and – himself. (RTÉ Guide, Oct 7, 1966, Vol.3, No. 41, p.8)

    (Unrestored Version)

  • Local keywords
    Patrick Kavanagh, Poet, Poetry, Inniskeen, Inniskeen Road
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Arts and Culture
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ
  • Production year
    1966
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    P2/00066
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Black and White
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Language used
    English (eng)
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