Words Lightly Spoken: a new podcast of poetry from Ireland

18th January 2019

Words Lightly Spoken is a weekly podcast of poetry from Ireland. In each episode we bring you a poem, with an introduction.

The Words Lightly Spoken podcast is available on i-tunes, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts.

You can follow the podcast on the Words Lightly Spoken Facebook, Twitter or on the Poetry Ireland website.

The Words Lightly Spoken podcast is funded by the Arts Council. www.artscouncil.ie.

Episode 66, Posted 3rd April 2020

This week in Words Lightly Spoken, a podcast of poetry from Ireland, a chance to hear again an episode from March 2019. Lani O’Hanlon reads her poem Back Up Quick They’re Hippies, first published in Poetry magazine in Chicago. This episode was funded by the Arts Council of Ireland.

Episode 65, Posted 27th March 2020

This week in Words Lightly Spoken, a chance to hear again an episode from May 2019. Paul Perry reads his poem Puffins in Marley Park, from his pamphlet The Ghosts of Barnacullia, published by above/ground press. This episode of the Words Lightly Spoken podcast was funded by the Arts Council of Ireland.

Episode 64, Posted 20th March 2020

This week in Words Lightly Spoken, a podcast of poetry from Ireland, a chance again to hear the very first episode from January 2019. In the first episode, Michael Longley, one of Ireland’s greatest poets, read his poem ‘A Sonnet for Michael Viney’. Michael Longley’s work is published by Cape Poetry. This episode of Words Lightly Spoken was funded by the Arts Council of Ireland.

Episode 63, Posted 13th March 2020

Maria McManus reads her poem Finch in this episode of Words Lightly Spoken, a podcast of poetry from Ireland. The poem is from her collection Available Light, published by Arlen House.

Episode 62, Posted 6th March 2020

Moyra Donaldson reads her poem Suffering Jesus in this episode of Words Lightly Spoken, a podcast of poetry from Ireland. The poem is from her collection Carnivorous, published by Doire Press.

Episode 61, Posted 28th February 2020

Seán Hewitt reads To that Rare and Deep-red Burnet-moth only to be met with in the Burren by Emily Lawless (1845-1913) in this episode of Words Lightly Spoken, a podcast of poetry from Ireland. Seán has written about Emily’s work for Acts of Attention: rediscovering Irish women poets, forthcoming from Cork University Press. 

Episode 60, Posted 21st February 2020

Jane Clarke recalls a vanished way of life in her poem Pit Ponies of Glendasan in this episode of Words Lightly Spoken, a podcast of poetry from Ireland. Jane’s work is published by Bloodaxe Books.

Episode 59, Posted 14th February 2020

Gerard Smyth reads his poem Burning the Manuscripts in this episode of Words Lightly Spoken, a podcast of poetry from Ireland. The poem is from his collection The Sundays of Eternity, published by Dedalus Press.

Episode 58, Posted 7th February 2020

In this episode of Words Lightly Spoken, a podcast of poetry from Ireland, Eoin Devereux conjures up a scene from the past in his poem The Bullfield.

Episode 57, Posted 31st January 2020

Patrick Chapman reads his poem A Kindness in this episode of Words Lightly Spoken, a podcast of poetry from Ireland. The poem is from his collection Open Season on the Moon, published by Salmon Poetry.

Episode 56, Posted 24th January 2020

Martina Evans continues her obsession with shoes in her poem You Can’t Go Out Like That, in this episode of Words Lightly Spoken, a podcast of poetry from Ireland. Martina’s work is published by Carcanet.

Episode 55, Posted 17th January 2020

Ross Thompson reads his poem The Wild Hunt in this episode of Words Lightly Spoken, a podcast of poetry from Ireland. The poem is from his debut collection, Threading the Light, published by Dedalus Press.

Episode 54, Posted 10th January 2020

Catherine Phil MacCarthy reads her poem Now I See Them Everywhere in this episode of Words Lightly Spoken, a podcast of poetry from Ireland. The poem from her collection Daughters of the House, published by Dedalus Press.

Episode 53, Posted 3rd January 2020

Michael J Whelan reads his poem Sparrows Sing in this episode of Words Lightly Spoken, a podcast of poetry from Ireland. The poem is a tribute to the Irish poet Francis Ledwidge, who died in World War 1, and is from Michael’s collection Rules of Engagement, published by Doire Press.

Episode 52, Posted 27th December 2019

Keith Payne reads his poem Ultramarine in this episode of Words Lightly Spoken, a podcast of poetry from Ireland, funded by the Arts Council of Ireland. Keith’s work is published by Shearsman in the UK and Lapwing in Ireland.

Episode 51, Posted 25th December 2019

Gerald Dawe introduces and reads the poem Old Toys by Ethna MacCarthy, a poet whose work has recently been rediscovered, in this episode of Words Lightly Spoken, a podcast of poetry from Ireland, funded by the Arts Council of Ireland. The poem is from her collection Ethna MacCarthy: Poems, published by Lilliput Press.

Episode 50, Posted 20th December 2019

This episode of Words Lightly Spoken is made in collaboration with Poetry Ireland and marks the publication of the winter 2019 issue of Poetry Ireland Review. The presenter is Paul Perry and his guests are two of the contributors to the Review: Eleanor Hooker and Amanda Bell. The podcast is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland.

Episode 49, Posted 13th December 2019

Kevin Higgins reads his poem My View of Things in this episode of Words Lightly Spoken, a podcast of poetry from Ireland, funded by the Arts Council of Ireland. The poem is from his collection Sex and Death at Merlin Park Hospital, published by Salmon Poetry.

Episode 48, Posted 6th December 2019

Jo Burns reads her poem Heart or Reason in this episode of Words Lightly Spoken, a podcast of poetry from Ireland, funded by the Arts Council of Ireland. The poem is from her collection White Horses, published by Turas Press.

Episode 47, Posted 29th November 2019

Patrick Kehoe reads his poem Badajoz in this episode of Words Lightly Spoken, a podcast of poetry from Ireland, funded by the Arts Council of Ireland. Patrick’s work is published by Salmon Poetry and Dedalus Press.