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Series 9: Dublin: One City, One Book Lectures 2014

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Series Editor's Introduction from Lucy Collins

If Ever You Go is a new collection of poetry and song exploring and celebrating Dublin life from the eighteenth century to the present. Commissioned by Dublin City Council Libraries for 'Dublin: One City, One Book 2014', and published by Dedalus Press, the volume contains more than 300 poems, arranged street by street from Ormonde Quay to the Blessington Street Basin, from Malahide to Glencullen. Many well known writers are represented here: Jonathan Swift, W. B. Yeats, Austin Clarke and Patrick Kavanagh, as well as contemporary figures such as Thomas Kinsella, Paula Meehan and David Wheatley. In these texts, the history of the city over three centuries is brought vividly to life.

These lectures offers a series of reflections on poems from this anthology. Each of the four speakers has chosen a particular theme and explores it in relation to a group of poems, reflecting on the richness and variety of these texts. These talks remind us of the important role that Dublin has played in the work of Irish poets over the centuries.

Lucy Collins is lecturer in English Literature at the School of English, Drama and Film at UCD.


Micheal O'Siadhail

Episode 1: The Lyric Flow of Street

Micheal O'Siadhail, Poet

Peter Denman

Episode 2: Peopling the Place

Peter Denman, School of English, Media and Theatre Studies, NUI Maynooth

Lucy Collins

Episode 3: 'Mine by right of love': Women Poets in the City

Lucy Collins, School of English, Drama and Film University College Dublin

Peter Sirr

Episode 4: Writing the City

Peter Sirr, Poet

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Series edited by: Lucy Collins
General Editor: P.J. Mathews
Scholarcast original theme music by: Padhraic Egan, Michael Hussey and Sharon Hussey.
Recording, audio editing, photography and development by: John Matthews & Vincent Hoban at UCD IT Services, Media Services.

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