Sound Recordings

During the course of recording and documenting public performances of poetry for the Seamus Heaney Centre Digital Archive (see link on the homepage), several readers were also recorded in private settings. These sessions fall outside of the current parameters of the SHCDA, but they shouldn't collect digital dust on some USB key. This seems an ideal forum in which to publish them.

1) Jean Bleakney (below) is a Belfast-based poet, published by Lagan Press. See, The Ripple Tank Experiment and The Poet's Ivy. Recorded at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen's University Belfast, April 30th, 2007.

Winter Solstice 

The Village by the Sea 


A Windless Night in June...


The Fairy-tale land of Um





2) Matt Kirkham (below) lives in Co. Down and is published by Lagan Press. The Lost Museums won the 2007 Rupert & Eithne Strong Award for best first collection. 
Recorded at Matt's farm on the Strangford peninsula, April 6th, 2007. 

Black Bag

John Stone

Hen Night

The Telephone Museum

The Museum of the Colour-blind

The Monster Museum

Mother & Daughter Playing Hopscotch on the Roof of the Ulster Museum

The Museum of Chillies

from The Museum of Insanity

A Frog


3) Eva Bourke (below) is a German-born, Galway-based poet and translator. Recorded in Eva’s garden on April 26th, 2007, and in the presence of her inquisitive cat. Her latest collection, The Latitude of Naples, is from Dedalus Press. Along with Borbála Faragó, she edited Landing Places , an anthology of immigrant poets in Ireland (Dedalus Press, 2010).

Zeus in Suburbia

For Pearce Hutchinson

The Drowned Book

Snow Story