Austin Clarke Poetry On Radio

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The poet and playwright Austin Clarke recalls his association with early radio.

  • Title
    Austin Clarke
  • 1st Broadcast
    19/05/1965
  • Contributor
    Francis Russell (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:01:23
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Series title
    Favourite Records Of Famous People
  • Clip title
    Austin Clarke Poetry On Radio
  • Extended description

    The poet and playwright Austin Clarke began his long association with Radio Éireann with a weekly poetry broadcast. In one form or another, the programmes continued until well into the 1960s.

    Clarke began his broadcasting career by running a competition for new verse in 1939. He had founded the Dublin Verse-Speaking Society with Roibeard Ó Faracháin.

    Clarke speaking in 1965 describes how choral verse from this society was broadcast sometimes accompanied by the orchestra. Some of the verse plays were put on in the Peacock Theatre as well as being broadcast.

  • Information

    'Favourite Records of Famous People' was a series presented by Francis Russell and produced by Kevin Roche. According to the billing in the RTV Guide the guest, "...chooses some of his favourite records in the gramophone library."

    The photograph accompanying this clip shows Austin Clarke during a weekly poetry broadcast in Radio Éireann studios, GPO, Dublin.

    © RTÉ Stills Library 0282/019

  • Local keywords
    Austin Clarke, Roibeard Ó Faracháin, Francis MacManus, Radio Éireann, RTÉ, 2RN, Radio, Broadcasting, 1930s, Poetry, Literature, Arts, Culture
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    The Media
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    Radio Éireann
  • Production year
    1965
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    LA000826
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Language used
    English (eng)
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