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MacGowran Speaking Beckett

Jack MacGowran

Samuel Beckett, dramatist, novelist playwright and poet, was awarded the nobel prize for literature. His greatest interpreter was the Dublin actor Jack MacGowran. On this record he speaks extracts from seven of Beckett's works,including an abandoned work which has not been published elsewhere. Beckett himself supervised the recording from beginning to end.


The Northern Muse

Séamus Heany, John Montague

Séamus Heany, still a young poet when this record was made, has become one of the leading figures in Irish literature, with an international reputation and a Nobel Prize for Literature. His poems on this record are from two collections, Death of a Naturalist and Door into the Dark. Montague, ten years older than Heany, contributes the poems on Side Two, from Poisoned Lands, A Chosen Light and Hymn to the New Omagh Road.


Hugh Mac Diarmid

Hugh Mac Diarmid

During his lifetime, Hugh MacDiarmid was known as 'Scotland's greatest living poet', and the twenty-three pieces by which he is represented here are among his finest. Mac Diarmid set himself the task of restoring Lowland Scots as a literary language, and many of the pieces here are in that language. Others, however, are in orthodox English.


Fair Eleanor O Christ Thee save

Thomas Kinsella

Thomas Kinsella, translator of The Táin, here recites thirteen of his own poems. The poems on side one reflect Kinsella's view of life as an ordeal, and concern themselves with the ordeal itself and how we deal with it. On side two the poems deal with ideas of love and order.


The Battle Of Aughrim
By Richard Murphy

Read by Cyril Cusack, C.Day Lewis, Ted Hughes, Niall Tóibín and Margaret Robinson, with music by Seán O Riada, played under his direction by Ceoltóirí Chualann

The Battle of Aughrim, 1691, contended between the Irish Army of the English King James and the largely European forces of King William of Orange, was the last decisive battle fought on Irish soil. Ancestors of Richard Murphy fought on both sides. Spoken by a cast of great actors, this epic poem is a deeply felt expression of one of the crucial events of Irish history and its implications for us today.


Omós Do Scoil Dhún Chaoin

Máire Mhac an tSaoi

Cnuasacht í seo de shaothar Mhaire Mhac an tSaoi ón bhliain 1940 go dti an bhliain 1970, a léamh ag an bhfile féin. Is scoláire den chéad scoth í Máire Mhac an tSaoi a chaith seal maith í nGealtacht Dhún Chaoin agus í go hóg. Cé gur dánta nua-aimseartha na dánta seo, is léir tionchar na sean-mháistrí orthu.



Read by Ted Hughes

Ted Hughes, the current Poet Laureate, reads poems from his book Crow, published in the 1960’s. They deal with his character Crow and his quest for a creator.


Derek Mahon Reads His Poetry

Derek Mahon

Derek Mahon was born in Belfast in 1941, and won a Gregory Award while still a student in Trinity College Dublin. Having lived in Canada and the United States he now lives in London.


By Sandymount Strand

Valentin Iremonger

Valentin Iremonger, a pioneer of contemporary Irish poetry, was born in Dublin in the 1920’s. His ‘quietly elegiac’ poetry is concerned with change and impermanence. He is known also for his translations from the Irish.


The Green Sailed Vessel

Robert Graves

Graves himself selected the works he speaks from the massive body of a lifetime’s work. In addition to the poetry the poet actually sings- with great good humour.