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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Kathleen appears in documentary

Published 16/04/2014 | 05:20

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Kathleen Maddy

It was only a few months ago that local poet Kathleen Maddy launched her fourth published collection of poems, The Morning Tae, in Dundalk Gaol.

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Now her life and work is the subject of a special radio documentary.

The radio documentary has been produced by local radio station Dundalk FM and was co-ordinated by local radio presenter Paddy Mac.

It also features Dundalk singer songwriter Stewart Agnew who is collaborating with Kathleen on a number of musical projects.

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. 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 documentary features recitals of a number of Kathleen's poems with musical accompaniments by classical guitarist Pat Coldrick. It also includes a song from Stewart Agnew with words by Kathleen Maddy.

Many of Kathleen's poems reflect life in Co. Louth - growing up on the farm in Ravensdale, picking blueberries on the Turf Mountain, taking the Halfpenny bus to Blackrock.

The documentary will be broadcast locally on Dundalk FM 100 at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 19, and will be repeated at 5 p.m. on Easter Sunday, April 20.

Kathleen's poetry collections are available locally in Carroll's Bookshop Dundalk.

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