Paula Meehan builds poems like a carpenter working on his craft.

Paula Meehan was born in Dublin in 1955. After studying at Trinity College, she travelled for a number of years before returning to Dublin where she taught literacy and creative writing. She is currently the Ireland Professor of Poetry, an Arts Council position that celebrates Irish poets' contribution to literature.

Paula Meehan talks about her craft and how she builds poems like a carpenter,

I'm looking for where the end of the rhyme can come and have all that power to swing it round into the next line. It really feels like it's a physical activity.

This episode of 'Undercover' was broadcast on 9 April 1998.

Paula Meehan