Being from Dublin, and with my mother’s family claiming 5 unbroken generations of true Blues, there’s was always going to be an outside chance that somewhere along the line, I, living vicariously through my antecedents, might have strayed into Joyce’s ken. And I did, but not as it turns out, on my mother’s side. At my parent’s wedding, the best man was Brian Collinge, who’s father was Lennie Collinge and Lennie Collinge was the projectionist at the Volta Cinema opened in 1909 by James Augustine Aolysius Joyce. In a further serendipitous twist for this series, Brian’s brother Declan is a poet of no meager standard, published both as Gaeilge agus as Bearla. To celebrate the opening of the Volta on the 9th of December 1909, Declan joined me in studio to read hims poem commemorating his father’s relationship with the master and to discuss all things literary.
Poem of the Week invites you to listen to contributors recite some of their favorite poems and talk about what these poems mean to them. Presented by Morgan O’Reilly, this podcast series, originally broadcast on Near FM 2017/18, features some of Ireland’s most exciting new voices such as Jessica Traynor, Kate Dempsey, Kenneth Nolan and Alan Jude Moore alongside local people and community activists from the North Dublin area, this series offers a unique and diverse range of contributors.
Each week the featured poem will also commemorate a significant date in the calendar year fostering new and challenging perspectives into poems you thought you knew. The poems have been selected with the advice and support of Ireland’s former Professor of Poetry, Paula Meehan.