Reverberations is an essential new six-part series on RTÉ Radio One Extra – the series continues on Monday November 6, at 6:00pm.
In the series, six of Ireland’s foremost poets and spoken word artists speak about their work, and perform a poem inspired by a particular soundscape in a unique location.
In Monday's episode, Galway poet Sarah Clancy performs ‘No Thank You I Wouldn’t Like To Talk About It’. It is inspired by eerie sounds of wilderness that make one feel small and isolated such as the wind whistling through a gate. The poem describes how lonely and desolate places can provide comfort in times of need.
Clancy is a page and performance poet. She has two previous collections to her name, Stacey and the Mechanical Bull (Lapwing Press, Belfast, 2011) and Thanks for Nothing, Hippies (Salmon Poetry, 2012). Her latest collection is The Truth & Other Stories (Salmon Poetry, 2014). Along with fellow Galway poet Elaine Feeney she released a poetry CD called Cinderella Backwards in 2013.
She has been placed or shortlisted in several of Ireland’s most prestigious written poetry competitions including The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize, The Patrick Kavanagh Award and The Listowel Collection of Poetry Competition. In performance poetry Sarah has won the Cuirt International Festival of Literature Grand Slam Championships and has twice been runner up in the North Beach Nights Grand Slam.
In 2013, on her second go at representing Connaught in the All-Ireland Grand Slam Championships, she was runner up. She has recently stopped sulking about this. In 2013 she received an individual artist’s bursary from Galway City Council. She is frequently invited to read her work at various festivals and events around Ireland and abroad and can’t believe she’s still getting away with it.
Reverberations, Monday November 6 at 6:00pm – find out more about the series here.