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 95, Posted 23rd October 2020

Polina Cosgrave reads her poem Self-portrait in this episode of Words Lightly Spoken, a podcast of poetry from Ireland. The poem is from her collection My Name Is..., published by Dedalus Press.

Episode 94, Posted 16th October 2020

A chance to hear again Laurence O’Dwyer reading his poem Mahon Falls in an episode of Words Lightly Spoken from September 2019. The poem is from his collection Tractography, published by Templar Poetry. This podcast was funded by the Arts Council of Ireland.

Episode 93, Posted 9th October 2020

A chance to hear again Peter Sirr reading his poem The Gravity Wave from an episode of Words Lightly Spoken first broadcast in March 2019. Peter’s work is published by The Gallery Press.

Episode 92, Posted 2nd October 2020

Michael O’Loughlin reads his poem Talith in this episode of Words Lightly Spoken, a podcast of poetry from Ireland. The poem is from his collection Poems 1980-2015, published by New Island Books.

Episode 91, Posted 25th September 2020

David Murphy reads his poem Bolivia in this episode of Words Lightly Spoken, a podcast of poetry from Ireland. The poem is from his collection Drowning in the Desert, published by Revival Press. It was a prize-winner at the 2018 Red Line Book Festival.

Episode 90, Posted 18th September 2020

Jane Robinson reads her poem At the Stop Sign in this episode of Words Lightly Spoken, a podcast of poetry from Ireland. The poem is from her collection Journey to the Sleeping Whale, published by Salmon Poetry. It won the 2014 Strokestown Poetry Award.

Episode 89, Posted 11th September 2020

Andrew Carpenter reads from the verse-letter To Mrs A.C.H., an account of the Authors manner of spending her time by Olivia Elder (1735-1780) in this episode of Words Lightly Spoken, a podcast of poetry from Ireland. Her work will feature in Acts of Attention: rediscovering Irish women poets, forthcoming from Cork University Press in 2021.

Episode 88, Posted 4th September 2020

Susan Connolly reads her poem Woman in a Black Hat in this episode of Words Lightly Spoken, a podcast of poetry from Ireland. The poem is from her collection The Orchard Keeper, published by Shearsman.

Episode 87, Posted 28th August 2020

A chance to hear again Rita Ann Higgins reading her poem Homage in this episode from June 2019 of Words Lightly Spoken, a podcast of poetry from Ireland, funded by the Arts Council of Ireland. Rita Ann’s work is published by Bloodaxe Books and Salmon Poetry.

Episode 86, Posted 21st August 2020

A chance to hear again Anamaría Crowe Serrano reading her poem Frontiers, first posted in April 2019. The poem is from her collection On Words and Up Words, published by Shearsman.

Episode 85, Posted 14th August 2020

A chance to hear again Seán Hewitt reading his poem Ghost, first posted in April 2019. You can listen back to Seán discussing this poem with Paul Perry in Episode 15 of Words Lightly Spoken, a special, extended episode made in collaboration with Poetry Ireland and marking the publication of Volume 127 of Poetry Ireland Review.

Episode 84, Posted 7th August 2020

A chance to hear again Freddie Travaskis Hoskin reading their poem To Most of You, first posted in April 2019. You can listen back to Freddie discussing this poem with Paul Perry in Episode 15 of Words Lightly Spoken, a special, extended episode made in collaboration with Poetry Ireland and marking the publication of Volume 127 of Poetry Ireland Review.

Episode 83, Posted 31st July 2020

Poet Francis Ledwidge was killed during World War I, on 31st July 1917, just weeks before his 30th birthday. Today, a chance to hear again Gerald Dawe introducing and reading Ledwidge’s poem Lullaby in this episode of Words Lightly Spoken, a podcast of poetry from Ireland, funded by the Arts Council of Ireland.

Episode 82, Posted 24th July 2020

A chance to hear again Jean O’Brien reading her poem Once I Woke, first posted in April 2019. You can listen back to Jean discussing this poem with Paul Perry in Episode 15 of Words Lightly Spoken, a special, extended episode made in collaboration with Poetry Ireland and marking the publication of Volume 127 of Poetry Ireland Review. Also taking part were two other contributors to the Review, Freddie Trevaskis Hoskin and Seán Hewitt.

Episode 81, Posted 17th July 2020

A chance to hear again Angela Finn reading her poem Burnout, first posted in September 2019. You can listen back to Angela discussing this poem with Paul Perry in Episode 35 of Words Lightly Spoken, a special, extended episode made in collaboration with Poetry Ireland and marking the publication of Volume 128 of Poetry Ireland Review.

Episode 80, Posted 10th July 2020

A chance to hear again Jonathan C. Creasy reading his poem Generation, first posted in September 2019. You can listen back to Jonathan discussing this poem with Paul Perry in Episode 35 of Words Lightly Spoken, a special, extended episode made in collaboration with Poetry Ireland and marking the publication of Volume 128 of Poetry Ireland Review. Also taking part were two other contributors to the Review, Angela Finn and Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe.

Episode 79, Posted 3rd July 2020

A chance to hear again Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe reading her poem Be/cause, first posted in September 2019. You can listen back to Nidhi discussing this poem with Paul Perry in Episode 35 of Words Lightly Spoken, a special, extended episode made in collaboration with Poetry Ireland and marking the publication of Volume 128 of Poetry Ireland Review. Episode 35 of the Words Lightly Spoken podcast was funded by the Arts Council of Ireland.

Episode 78, Posted 26th June 2020

A chance to listen again to an episode from February 2019 of Words Lightly Spoken, a podcast of poetry from Ireland. Paddy Bushe reads his poem Our Lady of Cúm a’ Chiste from his collection On a Turning Wing, published by Dedalus Press. This episode of Words Lightly Spoken was funded by the Arts Council of Ireland.

Episode 77, Posted 19th June 2020

A chance to listen again to an episode from May 2019 of Words Lightly Spoken, a podcast of poetry from Ireland. Maureen Boyle reads her poem Black Mountain Viewed from English 6 from her collection The Work of a Winter, published by Arlen House. This episode of Words Lightly Spoken was funded by the Arts Council of Ireland.

Episode 76, Posted 12th June 2020

A chance to hear again an episode from April 2019 of Words Lightly Spoken, a podcast of poetry from Ireland. Moya Roddy reads her poem Miracle, from her collection Out of the Ordinary, published by Salmon Poetry. This episode of Words Lightly Spoken was funded by the Arts Council of Ireland.