The Irish Poetry Reading Archive is a project to create a central repository for poetry readings by Irish poets and writers. Unique in Ireland, the archive captures the rich and diverse landscape of poetry in Ireland, including readings by well-known poets, emerging poets, and emigrant and performance poets.
The archive captures the voice of the poet reading a selection of their work, and giving a very brief overview of the context and circumstances that influenced the writing of the poem. For the majority of readings, the poets also provide hand written manuscripts of the poem, allowing audience interaction with the poem and poet in a unique way.
Bringing together the voices of our poets in a curated secure environment will ensure that this cultural heritage archive is preserved for future generations. This is an ongoing project, started in 2014, created and managed by UCD Library. Over time, we aim to develop the archive into a resource of national scope and significance, serving both national and international readers and scholars with interests in Irish poetry.
UCD Library is extremely grateful to the thirty five poets already featured in the Poetry Reading Archive, many of them Aosdana members, who have generously and freely given of their time to initiate the project. We are keen to work with Irish poets too, and to explore opportunities to collaborate with them on the initiative.
A launch event will be taking place in the autumn.