Irish Lit Podcasts


Books for Breakfast

books for breakfastA weekly look at fiction and poetry hosted by poets and writers Peter Sirr and Enda Wyley. Also features the Toaster Challenge where guest writers are given the time it takes to make toast to talk about a book that has resonated with them.


Boundless and Bare

boundlessandbareBoundless & Bare is a representation agency for Spoken Word events and performers in the Irish Spoken Word community. Run by Melissa Ridge and Melanie O’Donovan, who co-host this spoken word podcast.


DLR Libraries Podcast

dlrpodcastDún Laoghaire Rathdown County Library service host a varied programme of events throughout the year, some of which we record, including a series of literary events called DLR Library Voices and an annual literary festival called Mountains to Sea DLR Book Festival run in collaboration with DLR Arts Office. Our books podcast Need To Read is where authors, professionals and avid readers share their favourite books across their area of interest, expertise or obsession.


Dublin Book Festival Podcast

dublinbookfestivalpodcastThe Dublin Book Festival is one of Ireland’s most successful and vibrant book festivals, running since June 2006.  The annual public festival showcases, supports and develops Irish publishing by programming, publicising and selling Irish published books, their authors, editors and contributors – all in an entertaining, festive, friendly and accessible environment that reflects the creativity and personality of the Irish publishing sector and its authors.


ILFD Podcast

ilfdpodcastWith readings, discussions, debates, workshops, performance and screenings, the International Literature Festival Dublin creates a hotbed of ideas. Whether it’s the mix of poets, writers of fiction and non-fiction, lyricists, playwrights and screenwriters, International Literature Festival Dublin brings new faces and house-hold names together in ways that suprise and inspire.


Irish Poetry Reading Collection Volumes 1-3

ucdarchiveThe Irish Poetry Reading Collection, which forms part of the Irish Poetry Reading Archive, is a central repository for readings by Irish poets, in both the English and the Irish language. This collection aims to capture and preserve the rich and diverse landscape of poetry in Ireland, and includes the voices of: established poets; emerging poets; performance poets; avant-garde poets; English and Irish language poets; and Irish diaspora poets. Many of the readings are accompanied by handwritten or typed presentation copies of the poem, created by the poet especially for the reading.


Talking Translations

talkingtranslationsTalking Translations is a new podcast series which brings Irish writers and translators together to share their stories and voices. Each podcast features an Irish writer reading their own work aloud, followed by a translator reading their newly commissioned translation of the same story. These podcasts will feature Irish writers, based in Ireland and around the world, reading both familiar, and newly published, stories.


Poetry Unbound

poetryunboundYour new ritual: Immerse yourself in a single poem, guided by Pádraig Ó Tuama. Short and unhurried; contemplative and energizing. Anchor your week by listening to the everyday poetry of your life, with new episodes on Monday and Friday during the season.


The Shaking Bog Podcast

shakingbogpodcastThe year has turned and it’s deep mid-winter. Guided by the mood of the season this episode of The Shaking Bog Podcast explores memory, mythology and some of the hidden recesses of the natural world. Presenting a blend of conversations, readings and reflections, the Winter episode features writer Kerri Ní Dochartaigh, writer, herbalist and activist Oein DeBhairduin, poet Nuala ní Dhomhnaill and artist Chanelle Walshe in conversation with herpetologist Collie Ennis.


The Stinging Fly Podcast

stingingflypodcastThe Stinging Fly Podcast invites Irish writers to choose a story from the Stinging Fly archive to read and discuss.




Unlaunched Books

unlaunchedbookspodcastUnlaunched Books podcast is a weekly virtual festival, masquerading as a podcast. Every Thursday we introduce new books of poetry to readers and listeners isolated by the current pandemic. We talk to poets, festival directors, readers and critics about the books they would have been expecting to launch in the spring and summer of 2020.


Words Lightly Spoken

wordslightlyspokenWords Lightly Spoken is a weekly podcast of poetry from Poetry Ireland. In each episode we bring you a poem, with an introduction.




Note Waves

notewavespodcastA series of 5 podcasts from Mayo County Council Writer in Residence Elizabeth Reapy. Reapy invited fellow writers from Mayo and those with strong links to Mayo to discuss their creative process.



RTÉ Podcasts

Poetry File

poetryfilerteEach Saturday at 6.05pm on lyricfm, in association with Poetry Ireland, Evelyn Grant features a single poem by a leading Irish poet.




Spoken Stories: Independence

spokenstoriesrteRTÉ Radio 1 commissions a series of 12 half hour stories from across the generations of the finest writers associated with Ireland and the short story, including Anne Enright, Neil Jordan and Kevin Barry.



Sunday Miscellany

sundaymiscellanypodcastRadio essays, poems and complementary music, broadcast from Ireland on RTÉ Radio 1, Sunday mornings since 1968.




The Book Show

bookshowpodcastRick O' Shea and a lively selection of guests from the world of books - from authors to bibliophiles - choose their favourite reads at this time of year.




The Poetry Programme

rtepoetryprogrammepodcastOlivia O’Leary explores the diverse and vibrant world of poets and poetry in The Poetry Programme on Sundays at 7:30 pm. For everyone who loves poetry. And those who just don’t know it yet.




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2021 Publications

Liz Houchin

New Irish Voices no. 6




Southword 41

November 2021




Aneas 2

November 2021




Southword 40

Includes O'Faoláin Prize stories
& O'Donoghue Prize poems




Felicity Sheehy

Fool for Poetry Winner




Vicky Morris

Fool for Poetry Winner




Queer Love

Fiction anthology




YouTube Videos





O'Faoláin Short Story
Prize Reading Playlist




O'Donoghue Poetry
Prize Reading Playlist




How to Write Titles








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