Keywords is a brand new series presented by Zoë Comyns for RTÉ Radio 1 Extra, bringing together self-recorded stories, sounds and words that you have recorded yourself - each week guided by a keyword.  

Featuring commissioned work by established and emerging writers, sound artists and poets, over the series you'll hear voice memos and calls, music, essays and fiction.

The third episode's keyword is Light - listen above.

Donal Ryan contributes to Light

The coronavirus has inspired Margaret Dennehy's poem Three Little Words, which looks at the language and social impact of the pandemic. 

Writer Colm O’Shea’s C is a short work linking the idea of the speed of light and the habit of social distancing, and is played out by two characters on a daily walk outdoors.

Writer Manika Bébhinn Ramsay lives in Brazil - she recorded in the forest by her home. She compares the light in Brazil to the light of Ireland and how the gentle lights of home seem so far away now.

The artist Martin Creed won the Turner Prize in 2001 with his work Lights Going On and Off. A room was filled with lights turning on and off in five-second intervals. His was a controversial win and he explains that it was inspired by the childish prank of flicking the light switch outside a bathroom door.

You can listen to the entire series to date below:

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The novelist and short-story writer Dónal Ryan wrote a short story for Keywords. A proud father keeps a row of lights in his house for his three children. When the middle one begins to play up, he realises that he needs to connect with his middle son, Joshua.

Tom Roseingrave's Cow is, he says, an audio experiment to investigate what happens in the darkness, and whether the voice remains the same when the lights returns. Tom is a radio producer, writer and performer. 

Filmmaker and sound designer Tadhg O’Sullivan reflects on the giant red star called Betelgeuse, and the ship named after it. Tadhg brings us to Whiddy Island in Bantry Bay and the site of a terrible maritime disaster where 50 people died in an explosion in 1979.

Keywords, RTÉ Radio 1 Extra, Sunday nights at 8pm