THE LINE BREAK #10 – Paula Meehan: People Make The Songs
Direct link here: http://scottishpoetrylibrary.podomatic.com/enclosure/2016-04-07T01_00_00-07_00.mp3
Season 1 of The Line Break comes to an end! For our final podcast for now, our special guest is Paula Meehan, an Irish poet and playwright. Paula’s work is much translated and celebrated; among the prizes she has won are The Martin Toonder Award (1995), the Butler Literary Award (1998) and the Denis Devlin Award (2002). In this episode Paula speaks generously about her childhood, her Catholic upbringing, witnessing ‘living’ history in Ireland, and the role of private speech in the public domain. There’s more poetry sparks too, as Ryan considers all the beds he’s ever slept in (and so will you).
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A real treat to hear Paula reading her own poetry – such a beautiful voice. Loved her comment that “poetry might be the history of the dream life of the human species.”