Ep. 13: Diarmaid Ferriter (Part 1)

May 22, 2019


Diarmaid Ferriter is one of Ireland's best-known historians and is Professor of Modern Irish History at UCD. His books include The Transformation of Ireland 1900-2000 (2004), Judging Dev: A Reassessment of the life and legacy of Eamon de Valera (2007), Occasions of Sin: Sex and Society in Modern Ireland (2009) and Ambiguous Republic: Ireland in the 1970s (2012), and The Border: The Legacy of a Century of Anglo-Irish Politics (2019). He is a regular broadcaster on television and radio and a weekly columnist with the Irish Times. In 2010 he presented a three-part history of twentieth century Ireland, The Limits of Liberty, on RTE television.

Ep. 12: Joyce, Beckett, and Mary Manning Howe

May 15, 2019

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In this episode, presenter and producer Jonathan C. Creasy explores the exile and independence of three Dublin writers: James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, and Mary Manning Howe.

The piece is based on a talk Creasy gave at the 2019 American Conference for Irish Studies in Boston, Massachusetts. It explores these writers’ need to separate themselves from Ireland and examines the work they carried out in artistic exile.

Ep. 11: Leontia Flynn

April 24, 2019


LEONTIA FLYNN has published four collections of poems. These Days (Jonathan Cape, 2004) won an Eric Gregory Award in manuscript, and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. It was shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Prize, and Flynn named as one of twenty ‘Next Generation’ poets by the Poetry Book Society.

Drives was published by Jonathan Cape in 2008, when Flynn won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and a major Individual Artist Award from the Arts Council Northern Ireland. Profit and Loss was Poetry Book Society Choice for Autumn 2011. Leontia Flynn received the 17th annual Lawrence O’Shaughnessy award for Irish poetry in 2013 and the AWB Vincent American Ireland Fund literary award in 2014. The Radio was published in 2017, was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize ad won the Irish Times Poetry Now Prize.

Flynn was born in 1974. She lives in Belfast.

Ep. 10: Maurice Scully

April 10, 2019


MAURICE SCULLY was born in Dublin in 1952 and spent his childhood between Clare, the Ring Gaeltacht, and Dublin. He was educated at Trinity College Dublin.

He has been editor of a number of influential magazines (IcarusThe Beau), and through the 1970s and 1980s organised important readings and literary events.

In a writing career that began in the early 1970s he has published over a dozen volumes of poetry and taken part in conferences and festivals in Ireland, the UK, and the US, where his readings are prized as key interpretations of his complex, engaging work.

For 25 years Scully’s work was devoted to a single vast project under the overall title of Things That Happen which consists of 5 Freedoms of MovementLivelihoodSonata, and Tig, the coda to the whole work. See his publications here.

After many years living in Italy, Africa and the west of Ireland, he settled with his wife and four children in Dublin, where he taught for a time at Dublin City University.

He is a member of Aosdána.

Ep. 9: Christina Davis

April 3, 2019


CHRISTINA DAVIS is the author of the prizewinning collection, An Ethic (Nightboat, 2013), and Forth A Raven (Alice James, 2006). 

She is the grateful recipient of residencies and fellowships from the Bellagio Center/Rockefeller Foundation, the Dora Maar House (France), the James Merrill House, MacDowell, Yaddo, and the American Academy in Rome. Her poems and essays have appeared in such journals as the Boston ReviewColorado ReviewNew RepublicParis ReviewPoetry Magazine, and Poets.org.

During the course of her 20-year career devoted to this art form, Davis has served as an editor, events coordinator, arts administrator, and all-around cheerleader at such organisations as Poets House, Teachers & Writers Collaborative and the Poetry Society of America. She is a graduate of Oxford University and the University of Pennsylvania, and has been honoured to serve as curator of the Woodberry Poetry Room at Harvard for a decade. 

Ep. 8: Robert Pinsky

March 20, 2019


ROBERT PINSKY is a poet, essayist, translator, teacher, and speaker. His first two terms as United States Poet Laureate were marked by such visible dynamism—and such national enthusiasm in response—that the Library of Congress appointed him to an unprecedented third term. Throughout his career, Pinsky has been dedicated to identifying and invigorating poetry’s place in the world.

Known worldwide, Pinsky’s work has earned him the PEN/Voelcker Award, the William Carlos Williams Prize, the Lenore Marshall Prize, Italy’s Premio Capri, the Korean Manhae Award, and the Harold Washington Award from the City of Chicago, among other accolades.

Pinsky is a professor of English and creative writing in the graduate writing program at Boston University. In 2015 the university named him a William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor, the highest honor bestowed on senior faculty members who are actively involved in teaching, research, scholarship, and university civic life.

Ep. 7: Paul Perry

March 6, 2019


PAUL PERRY is the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of several books of poetry and prose. A winner of the Hennessy Prize for Irish Literature, he is a poet, novelist, and screen-writer. As Karen Perry, he has co-authored, four international best-selling novels, including Girl Unknown, which is published in The US by Henry Holt, and has been optioned for screen. His poetry collections include The Drowning of the Saints, The Orchid Keeper, 108 Moons; Selected Translations of Jurga Ivanauskaita, The Last Falcon and Small Ordinance, and most recently Gunpowder Valentine: New and Selected Poems, Dedalus Press. He lives in Dublin, Ireland, where he is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at University College Dublin.

Ep. 6: Senator David Norris

February 27, 2019


SENATOR DAVID NORRIS is an Irish scholar, independent Senator, and civil rights activist. He is a renowned James Joyce scholar, credited with turning around Joyce’s reputation in Ireland and establishing the James Joyce Cultural Centre. Senator Norris was one of the leading figures in the early gay rights movement in Ireland.

Jonathan C. Creasy spoke with Senator Norris in his home in Dublin about Joyce, history, politics, and - yes - Brexit…


Ep. 5: Emilie Pine

February 20, 2019


EMILIE PINE is Associate Professor of Modern Drama at University College Dublin. Pine is Editor of the Irish University Review and Director of the Irish Memory Studies Network (www.irishmemorystudies.com). She has published widely in the field of Irish studies and memory studies, including The Politics of Irish Memory: Performing Remembrance in Contemporary Irish Culture (Palgrave, 2011) and The Memory Marketplace: Performance, Testimony and Witnessing in Contemporary Theatre (forthcoming Indiana University Press, 2019).

Her first collection of personal essays, Notes to Self, is published by Tramp Press (2018).

Ep. 4. Border Poet Benjamin Alire Sáenz

February 13, 2019

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BENJAMIN ALIRE SÁENZ is a poet, painter, novelist, and activist living and working on the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas. Jonathan C. Creasy visited Sáenz on the border, where the two writers had hours of conversation about poetry, history, and politics. This episode is a selection of excerpts from those conversations.

Sáenz is an author of poetry and prose for adults and teens. He is the winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the American Book Award for his books for adults. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe was a Printz Honor Book, the Stonewall Award winner, the Pura Belpre Award winner, the Lambda Literary Award winner, and a finalist for the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award. His first novel for teens, Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood, was an ALA Top Ten Book for Young Adults and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His second book for teens, He Forgot to Say Goodbye, won the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award, the Southwest Book Award, and was named a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. For years, he directed the creative writing programme in the University of Texas, El Paso.

“The Mexican-American people have helped make this country great, and they have never been properly thanked.” @BorderPoet

Ep. 3: Angela Kocherga on the U.S.-Mexico Border

February 6, 2019


ANGELA KOCHERGA is an Emmy-award winning multimedia journalist living and working on the U.S.-Mexico border. She is a Staff Writer at the Albuquerque Journal. Of her life and work, Kocherga says,

I have spent my career as a journalist chronicling stories on both sides of the border that too often are about the conflicts that define the U.S.-Mexico relationship: immigration, contraband, crime. 

In the midst of hardship, and heartache, I have witnessed people in their worst moments often at their best: brave, determined, resilient.

And in my reporting I often interview people who navigate two countries and cultures in extraordinary ways.

“Our stories are what bind us and help us understand each other.” @AKochergaBorder

Ep. 2: Garrett Carr on the Irish Border

January 30, 2019

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GARRETT CARR is a writer and map-maker originally from Donegal. His book, The Rule of the Land: Walking Ireland’s Border (Faber & Faber) chronicles his journey along the entirety of the Irish border, weaving history, memoir, maps, and photographs into a timely story. With Brexit and tensions in borderlands around the world, Carr offers a deeply knowledgeable perspective on the history - and possible futures - of the Irish borderlands.

“Brexit has done more for the possibility of a united Ireland than the IRA campaign ever came close to achieving.”

Read The Yellow Manifesto: A True Account of a Border and Its People.

Carr is Senior Lecturer in the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queens University Belfast. Read more about him and his work here.

*This episode features “St. John’s Well” from Benjamin Dwyer's imagines obesae et aspect ingratae, a piece for solo viola performed by Garth Knox (New Dublin Press, 2015).

Ep. 1: Annemarie Ní Churreáin

January 23, 2019


ANNEMARIE NÍ CHURREÁIN is a poet from North West Donegal living and working in Dublin. BLOODROOT is her debut collection.

Presenter Jonathan C. Creasy and Ní Churreáin discuss her upbringing in Donegal, her relationship with Dublin, her writing practice, and working in collaboration with other artists.

“There’s something really exciting about putting two people, or two art disciplines, or two voices together […] and seeing what comes out of that alchemy. I think of collaboration as a process of alchemy.”


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