Born in Westmeath in 1944, John Ennis has gone on to become one of Ireland's finest talents.

In this documentary we hear from the man himself about his love of writing poetry, his life in Westmeath and the influence his family have had on his poetry.

One of the strongest influences on him has been his rural background – and his hardworking farmer father.

It was after the death of his father that Ennis wrote considerable work about what became a preoccupation: death. This led him to move to the next theme – life itself.

He talks about why he writes poetry and poetry as both a craft, an art and satisfying and internal impulse.

Producer: Breandan O'Ciobhain

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