Poem of the Week S01 E01 – Liffey Swim with Jessica Traynor
In episode 1, I meet Jessica Traynor. Jessica is a writer, dramaturg and creative writing teacher based in Dublin. I was delighted to get a poet of Jessica’s talent into the studio to chat poetry and, being a keen sea swimmer myself, delighted that the fabled Liffey Swim was our topic. Our chat touches on contemporary poetry, Dublin in the poet’s eye and even strays into Joycean territory. As one of Dublin’s most exciting sporting events, the Liffey Swim usually attracts around three or four hundred hardy souls and is the world’s 2nd oldest continuously swam race.
Jessica’s debut collection Liffey Swim is published by Dedalus press is available now buy both on the Daedalus Press website and in well stocked bookshops. She is a regular contributor to RTE’s flagship arts show, Arena, as well as having served as the literary manager for the Abbey theatre.
The 99th Dublin City Liffey Swim will take place on Saturday September 1st, for more information visit http://www.leinsteropensea.ie/major-swims/#liffey-swim
About the Podcast
Poem of the Week invites you to listen to contributors recite some of their favorite poems and talk about what these poems mean to them. Presented by Morgan O’Reilly, this podcast series, originally broadcast on Near FM 2017/18, features some of Ireland’s most exciting new voices such as Jessica Traynor, Kate Dempsey, Kenneth Nolan and Alan Jude Moore alongside local people and community activists from the North Dublin area, this series offers a unique and diverse range of contributors.
Each week the featured poem will also commemorate a significant date in the calendar year fostering new and challenging perspectives into poems you thought you knew. The poems have been selected with the advice and support of Ireland’s outgoing Professor of Poetry Paula Meehan.