This is our bumper Christmas episode, featuring two Toaster Challenges with Tara Bergin and Paula Meehan respectively. Paula also discusses her recently published As If By Magic: Selected Poems. Tara's Toaster Challenge Choice is Fernando Pesssoa's The Book of Disquiet,translated by Margaret Jull Costa, while Paula chooses More than concrete blocks: vol. II, 1940–72: Dublin city's twentieth-century buildings and their stories.
Tara also reads a poem by Anne Carson and we features some books we enjoyed this year: Eiléan Ní Chuilleanéain's Collected Poems, the new Bloodaxe anthology Staying Human edited by Neil Astley and Donal Ryan's novel Strange Flowers.
The show also features a Christmas poem by James Harpur, and poems from recently published collections Revolutions of Humming Things by Aoife Reilly, Fox Trousers by Eithne Hand, and Street Light Amber by Noel Duffy.
Intro/outro music: Colm Mac Con Iomaire, ‘Thou Shalt Not Carry’ from The Hare’s Corner, 2008, with thanks to Colm for permission to use it.
Song for Better Times by Martijn de Boer (NiGiD) (c) copyright 2014 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/NiGiD/47949 Ft: smilingcynic
Artwork by Freya Sirr
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