I just finished The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson, a really satisfying and engaging memoir. Working with Imeall, I’m getting to read a lot of new publications in English and in Irish — like the forthcoming Beatha Dhónaill Dhuibh by Séamus Barra Ó Súilleabháin.
Is it really pretentious to say The Mirror by Tarkovsky? I saw it in Triskel recently – bewildering, moving, epic.
The planets must have aligned when I was in Barcelona this summer. I got to see Silvia Pérez Cruz in Teatre Coliseum. It was magical.
I used to work in a record shop in Kerry so I feel a duty to support the record shops that are managing to survive.
I’m really enjoying the EP An Bóthar — music set to the poetry of Seán Ó Ríordáin, right. Mark Lynch composed the music; check them out on Bandcamp.
‘Boys for Pele’ by Tori Amos.
I couldn’t pick a ‘best’ but I always enjoying seeing Boxcar Bertha play around Cork.
Imeall on TG4, of course!
I listen to RnaG a lot: An Saol Ó Dheas, Sinéad ar Maidin, Rónán Beo. I really like Moncrieff on Newstalk and I listen to an outrageous amount of podcasts.
Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday. Or The Gloaming, The National, Arcade Fire.
It’s got to be Seamus Heaney. I met him in 2009 at an academic conference in Vienna when I awkwardly gave him a copy of my first book, Péacadh. He was beyond kind. Ní bheidh a leithéid arís ann.
My wedding dress. I’ve erased the price of it from my mind but regret nothing!
I’m more attached to my phone than I would like. Not that into apps, but the podcast app brings me much joy!
Paul Casey at Ó Bhéal works tirelessly for poetry in Cork. Liú Lúnasa in Belfast. Rónán Mac Aodha Bhuí who organises An Cabaret Craiceáilte in the Donegal Gaeltacht — great for the community.
Free healthcare and free chocolate.