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Irish Poetry Reading Archive: Introduction & News

The voice of Irish poetry

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The Irish Poetry Reading Archive was formally launched by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht on December 2nd, 2015.

Library Cultural Heritage: Irish Poetry Reading Archive

The Irish Poetry Reading Archive was featured in the first of the 2016 new season of The Poetry Programme on RTE1 - Saturday August 27th at 7.30 pm. Listen here.

If you would like to read for the Archive, please get in touch.


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The Irish Poetry Reading Archive

The Irish Poetry Reading Archive is part of a project to create a central repository for poetry readings by Irish poets and writers. The collection captures the voice of the poet reading a selection of their work, and giving a very brief overview of the context and circumstances that influenced the writing of the poem. For the majority of readings, the poets also provided handwritten or typed transcriptions of the poem, allowing audience interaction with the poem and poet in a unique way.

This collection is an ongoing project, started in 2014, created and managed by UCD Library. Bringing together the voices of Irish poets in a curated secure environment will ensure that this cultural heritage collection is preserved for future generations. Over time, the collection will become a resource of national scope and significance, serving both national and international readers and scholars with interests in Irish poetry. UCD Library is extremely grateful to the large number of poets who are featured in the Irish Poetry Reading Archive, many of them Aosdána members, who have generously and freely given of their time to initiate the project.

Recently Added Poets - Previews in YouTube

John O'Donnell reads eight of his poems at UCD Library. John's work now forms part of the Irish Poetry Reading Archive [View]

Anne Casey reads eight of her poems for the Irish Poetry Reading Archive at UCD Special Collections in the James Joyce Library [View]

Read the Overview Booklet

Irish Poetry Reading Archive Overview Booklet
(click in the centre for full screen view)