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Irish Poetry Reading Archive: Introduction & News

The voice of Irish poetry

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.

Interested in Participating?

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

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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.

Email special.collections@ucd.ie

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The Irish Poetry Reading Archive holds the voices of our poetry community, and presents the wealth and diversity of Irish poetry today, in English and in Irish. The archive records and curates these voices, making them freely available around the world and preserving them for future generations.

Thank you to all of the poets who have worked with us, and helped to create this digital heritage archive.  

We are committed to the principle of fair and equitable remuneration for artists. We believe that our investment in curating and preserving the voices of poets, as well as in giving poets access to high quality video recordings, constitutes a legitimate 'value exchange'.

In light of the Arts Council's policy document, Paying the Artist, published in February 2020, we will review our processes.

Recently Added Poets - Previews in YouTube

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

Frank McGuinness reads twelve of his poems for the Irish Poetry Reading Archive at UCD Special Collections in the James Joyce Library [View]

Theo Dorgan reads nine of his poems for the Irish Poetry Reading Archive at UCD Special Collections in the James Joyce Library [View]

Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh reads seven of her poems for the Irish Poetry Reading Archive, in the Special Collections Reading room, at UCD Library.

Read the Overview Booklet

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