skip to main content
RTÉ Radio 1 Drama On One

Oblivion By Peter Sirr

Senior Irish poet considers the mortality of human writing..

There’s a view that we survive vicariously in the books we write and that therefore death is not ultimately lethal. This was a pagan argument and it’s still going strong in post-modernity because its consolation is both timely and timeless. Poet and linguist Peter Sirr’s ‘document drama’ for radio is a poignant study of work that’s been lost forever in the whirlpool of the underworld - and of the glittering recent retrieval of an entire poem (almost) by the lesbian poet Sappho nearly two thousand five hundred years after its apparent disappearance from the classical canon.

Featuring Des Cave, Emmet Bergin, Deirdre Donnelly, Kevin Flood, Paul Tylak, Hope Brown, Karl O'Neill, Lise-Anne McLaughlin and Olwen Fouéré.

Producer: Aidan Mathews