Audio: The Children of Alcoholics

“I think that’s what the purpose of poems is, to step outside of easy and polite conversation, and sometimes to say something … that begins in shock but afterwards ends in intimacy.” On this episode of the podcast Words Lightly Spoken, Pat Boran considers the “emotional truth” of poetry before reading his poem ‘The Children […]

Audio: 3 Favourite Yeats Poems

This is a short contribution on my three favourite Yeats poems as part of WB and Me, RTÉ Radio 1’s series in 2015 in which contemporary Irish poets discuss their relationship with Yeats. Produced by Kevin Reynolds for Drama on One (June, 2015).

An Unusual Name

This is a recording of a short prose piece entitled ‘An Unusual Name’, concerning the reputed origins of the name ‘Boran’ and the name of my late father’s Travel Agency at no. 74 Main Street, Portlaoise IS IT A BLESSING or a curse to have an unusual name? In the Boran family mythology, for example, […]