Irish Poetry Reading Archive

The Irish Poetry Reading Archive (IPRA) is a central repository that holds recordings of Irish poets and writers, reading their own work and giving a very brief overview of the context and circumstances that influenced the writing of their poems.

Many of the readings are accompanied by handwritten copies of the poem, created by the poet especially for the reading. This collection aims to capture and preserve the rich and diverse landscape of poetry in Ireland. It includes the voices of: established poets; emerging poets; performance poets; avant-garde poets; English and Irish language poets; and Irish diaspora poets.

Recordings began in April 2014, and the archive was launched in December 2015 by the Minister of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys. Bringing together the voices of Irish poets in a curated secure environment ensures 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. As part of this archive, a range of other material is being captured and preserved - including an ‘in conversation’ series, ‘publishers of poetry series’ and a ‘lecture series

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. This collection is an ongoing project.