Paul Durcan was born in 1944. Growing up in Mayo, he endured a difficult relationship with his family. While at college he was committed against his will at St. John of God psychiatric hospital in Dublin, and later to another clinic where he was subjected to electrical shock treatment.

Durcan moved to London in 1966 where he met his wife Nessa O'Neill with whom he had two daughters.

His most well known publications include: "A Snail in my Prime", "Crazy about Women", "Greetings to our friends in Briazil", and "Cries of an Irish Caveman". He also appeared on the 1990 Van Morrison album "Enlightenment".

One of his greatest achievements however was in 1974 when he won the prestigious Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award.

This is the story in which a fascinating man recalls his childhood and guides us through his poetry.

Producer: Donal Flanagan

First Broadcast: 9th January 1982

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