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 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.

Episode 75, Posted 5th June 2020

A chance to hear again an episode from August 2019 of Words Lightly Spoken, a podcast of poetry from Ireland. Mark Granier reads his poem Tube from his collection Ghostlight, published by Salmon Poetry. This episode of Words Lightly Spoken was funded by the Arts Council of Ireland.

Episode 74, Posted 29th May 2020

A chance to hear again an episode from September 2019 of Words Lightly Spoken, a podcast of poetry from Ireland. Mary Noonan reads her poem The Crooked Man of Chinchón from her collection Stone Girl, published by Dedalus Press. This episode of Words Lightly Spoken was funded by the Arts Council of Ireland.

Episode 73, Posted 22nd May 2020

A chance to hear again an episode from July 2019 of Words Lightly Spoken, a podcast of poetry from Ireland. Pete Mullineaux reads his poem The Wave from his collection How to Bake a Planet, published by Salmon Poetry. This episode of Words Lightly Spoken was funded by the Arts Council of Ireland.

Episode 72, Posted 15th May 2020

A chance to hear again an episode from March 2019 of Words Lightly Spoken, a podcast of poetry from Ireland. Erin Fornoff reads her poem Espero, from her collection Hymn to the Reckless, published by Dedalus Press. This episode of Words Lightly Spoken was funded by the Arts Council of Ireland.

Episode 71, Posted 8th May 2020

A chance to hear again an episode from May 2019 of Words Lightly Spoken, a podcast of poetry from Ireland. Paul Muldoon reads his poem The Birth from his Selected Poems 1968-2014, published by Faber & Faber. This episode of Words Lightly Spoken was funded by the Arts Council of Ireland.

Episode 70, Posted 1st May 2020

A chance to hear again an episode from January 2019 of Words Lightly Spoken, a podcast of poetry from Ireland. Enda Wyley reads her poem The Painter on his Bike. Enda Wyley’s work is published by Dedalus Press. This episode of Words Lightly Spoken was funded by the Arts Council of Ireland.

Episode 69, Posted 24th April 2020

A chance to hear again an episode from February 2019 of Words Lightly Spoken, a podcast of poetry from Ireland. John McAuliffe reads his poem To the Management. John’s work is published by The Gallery Press. This episode was funded by the Arts Council of Ireland.

Episode 68, Posted 17th April 2020

A chance to hear again an episode from June 2019 of Words Lightly Spoken, a podcast of poetry from Ireland. Mary O’Donnell reads her poem My Mother’s Irish, Risen At Easter, to be published in her new collection Mary of St Médiers. Mary’s work is published by Salmon Poetry and Arc Publications UK. This episode of Words Lightly Spoken was funded by the Arts Council of Ireland.

Episode 67, Posted 10th April 2020

A chance to hear again an episode from July 2019 of Words Lightly Spoken, a podcast of poetry from Ireland. Ron Carey reads his poem The Long Path, which was awarded the Allingham Poetry Prize in 2018. This episode of Words Lightly Spoken was funded by the Arts Council of Ireland.

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.