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The twisted love of Louis de Paor

In the Poetry program on Sunday April 3, 2022, at 7 p.m. on RTÉ Radio 1, Louis de Paor evokes an imaginary village in the west of Ireland, and Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan tells us about the reopening of open mic and slam poetry evenings.

Louis de Paor is one of Ireland’s leading Irish-language poets and was a key figure in the Irish-language literary revival of the 1980s and 1990s, editing the influential Irish-language journal Inti for a while. Since 2000 he has been Director of the Center for Irish Studies at NUI Galway.

He joins presenter Olivia O’Leary to read excerpts from her bilingual book Crooked Love / Gra fiar (published by Bloodaxe Books). The book contains the sequence Lá dá raibh/One daywhich evokes an imaginary village in the west of Ireland and was first performed in collaboration with Brooklyn-based composer Dana Lyn at the Irish Arts Center in New York in 2014. It has been adapted as a feature film bilingual radio broadcast on RTÉ lyric fm and Raidió na Gaeltachta in 2021 and can be listened to via a QR code printed in the book.

Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan (Photo: Basil Lim)

As spoken word events reopen, Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan accompanies to sample the atmosphere at a Circle Sessions open mic night and Talkatives slam poetry event in Dublin, and previews some of the others live events taking place across the country. .

The poetry programSundays at 7pm on RTÉ Radio 1 – listen to last week’s edition below:

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