Poetry Ireland launches Behind the Lines video series

20th April 2020

Poetry Ireland is delighted to launch the Behind the Lines video series, which gives students new insights into poems on the Leaving Cert English and Irish courses.  

Writers read their poems, which are on the curriculum, and discuss their inspiration and imagery, contextualising the work in a personal way that enriches the experience of students. 

Award-winning poet Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, features in the first video launched today (20 April 2020), in this initiative of the Poetry Ireland Poet in Residence.  

She reads her poem, 'To Niall Woods and Xenya Ostrovskaia, married in Dublin on 9 September 2009' and during her commentary, she gives insight into the background of writing it and some of the motifs in the poem. 

More videos will be released in the coming days and weeks of poets presenting their poems which feature on the Leaving Cert curriculum. 

Other writers will explore favourite poets on the curriculum, from Emily Dickinson to Francis Ledwidge, bringing their own poetic sensibility to bear on their chosen work.  

You can watch Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin's video and all upcoming videos at the Behind the Lines YouTube Playlist.


Other videos in the series include: 
Martin Dyar reading his poem 'Death and the Post Office'
Eileen Sheehan reading her poem 'My father, long dead'
Kevin MacDermott reading Emily Dickinson's poem 'I heard a Fly buzz - when I died -'
Nessa O'Mahony reading Robert Frost's poem, 'Mending Wall'
Thomas McCarthy reading 'Sport' by Paul Durcan
Kevin MacDermott reading Emily Dickinson's poem 'I felt a Funeral, in my Brain' 
Mary O'Malley reading her poem 'Cealtrach'
Kevin MacDermott reading Robert Herrick's poem 'To Daffodils'
Catherine Ann Cullen reading two of Adrienne Rich's poems, 'Aunt Jennifer's Tigers' and 'The Uncle Speaks in the Drawing Room'
Rachael Hegarty reading 'Baby Movements II - Trailing Clouds' by D.H. Lawrence
Theo Dorgan reading 'Lament for Thomas MacDonagh' by Francis Ledwidge