It was only a few months ago that Dundalk poet Kathleen Maddy launched her fourth published collection of poems, The Morning Tae, at Dundalk Gaol. Now her life and work has been the subject of a special radio documentary.
The radio documentary produced by radio station Dundalk FM was co-ordinated by Dundalk radio presenter Paddy Mac. It featured Dundalk singer songwriter Stewart Agnew who is collaborating with Kathleen on a number of musical projects. According to Paddy Mac, the combination of Stewart’s music and Kathleen’s lyrics is really exciting.
The hour-long documentary, called Tears of the Moon, from the name of one of Kathleen’s poems, was funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. In these troubled economic times, it shows how well Kathleen’s work is being regarded. This is a great honour for Kathleen whose poetry is gaining national recognition. She was a guest speaker at the recent Patrick Kavanagh festival and has appeared on stage with the Three Irish Tenors.
The radio documentary was broadcast on Dundalk FM 100 over the Easter weekend. This seemed fitting as Kathleen’s second book was a poetic account of The Passion. The documentary featured recitals of a number of Kathleen’s poems with musical accompaniments by classical guitarist Pat Coldrick.
The Morning Tae, and her other collections are available in Carrolls Bookshop, Dundalk.