In the Poetry Programme on Sunday 3rd April 2022, at 7 pm on RTÉ Radio 1, Louis de Paor conjures an imaginary village in the west of Ireland, and Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan tells us about the re-opening of open mic and slam poetry events - listen above.
Louis de Paor is one of Ireland's leading Irish-language poets and was a key figure in the Irish language literary renaissance of the 1980s and 90s, editing the influential Irish-language journal Innti for a time. Since 2000 he has been Director of the Centre for Irish Studies at NUI Galway.
He joins presenter Olivia O'Leary to read from his dual-language book Crooked Love/Grá fiar (published by Bloodaxe Books). The book contains the sequence Lá dá raibh/One day, which conjures an imaginary village in the west of Ireland and was first performed as a collaboration with Brooklyn-based composer Dana Lyn at the Irish Arts Center in New York in 2014. It was adapted as a dual-language radio feature that was broadcast on RTÉ lyric fm and Raidió na Gaeltachta in 2021 and is available to listen back to via a QR code printed in the book.
As spoken word events open up again, Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan goes along to sample the atmosphere at a Circle Sessions open mic night and a Talkatives slam poetry event in Dublin, and gives a round up of some of the other live events happening around the country.
The Poetry Programme, Sundays at 7 pm on RTÉ Radio 1 - listen to last week's edition below:
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