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Separated by a generation but both drawing on Ireland’s distinct landscape, social history and mythology for their inspiration, poets Roisín Kelly and Michael Gorman are brought together on this live podcast to read from their latest collections.

Michael Gorman was born in Sligo but has made Galway his home for many years. He has produced three collections of poetry, with his most recent Fifty Poems, being published just last year, in 2019. His work has been included in several anthologies, including Voices and Poetry of Ireland (2004), Lifelines Lifelines (2006) and Windharp: Poems of Ireland Since 1916 (2015).

Róisín Kelly was born in west Belfast and raised in Leitrim. After a year as a handweaver on Clare Island and a Masters in Writing at NUIG, she now calls Cork City home. Her first chapbook, Rapture (2016), was described in the Los Angeles Review of Books as ‘one of the most important collections of poetry the Irish literary canon has to offer.’ Her first full collection of poetry, Mercy, was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2020.