Thomas Lynch on BBC Radio 4's Front Row & RTE Radio 1's Arena

Thomas Lynch on BBC Radio 4's Front Row & RTE Radio 1's Arena

 

Poet, essayist and funeral director Thomas Lynch has published five critically acclaimed collections of poetry, four books of essays and a book of short fiction. His retrospective Bone Rosary was published by Bloodaxe in June 2022 and shows the passage of his work over time, ‘a pilgrimage of sorts through growing old and facing death – subjects that caregivers know all too well. Lynch’s upfront, unvarnished style is likely to resonate with many who have come face to face with life’s most important questions’ (Mary Plummer, New York Times).

Thomas Lynch divides his time between his home on Mullett Lake in Northern Michigan and his ancestral home in Moveen, Co. Clare, Ireland. He was in the UK to launch Bone Rosary: New & Selected Poems at the Ledbury Poetry Festival in July, followed by a series of readings in Ireland.  His joint live-streamed launch event with Bloodaxe Books is now on YouTube - see video below.

 

INTERVIEW ON RTÉ RADIO 1

Arena, RTÉ Radio 1, Tuesday 9 August 2022, 7-8pm

Irish-American poet-undertaker Thomas Lynch was interviewed on RTE Radio 1’s week-nightly arts programme Arena on 9 August.  He was in conversation with host Seán Rocks down the line from the US.  He was discussing his newly-published retrospective Bone Rosary: New & Selected Poems, which represents nearly forty years of work in poetry, all of it deeply indebted to his experiences over more than half a century, coming and going to and from Moveen in Co. Clare.  He read 'Corrine Among the Fronds of Basil' from the section of new poems.

Listen via Arena's webpages here. Thomas Lynch features from 19:30.  The interview is available as a separate chapter on Arena's webpages here.
 

INTERVIEW ON BBC RADIO 4's FRONT ROW

An interview with Thomas Lynch was broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Front Row on 25 July 2022.  He was speaking to Shahidha Bari down the line from County Clare. He read and introduced two poems from Bone Rosary: New & Selected Poems: 'Corpses Do Not Fret Their Coffin Boards' and 'Corrine Among the Fronds of Basil' - the latter from the section of new poems.

'Thomas Lynch is an American poet with strong connections to Ireland. He is, too, an undertaker, a career that has informed his verse and essays, which dwell on life and death, faith and doubt, and also place. From his ancestral cottage in County Clare Lynch talks to Shahidha Bari about these things and reads from Bone Rosary, his New and Selected poems, just out.'

Listen via the Front Row website here.  Thomas features from 22:30.

 

IN PERSON LAUNCH EVENT AT LEDBURY POETRY FESTIVAL, JULY 2022

Thomas launched Bone Rosary in person at the Ledbury Poetry Festival in July 2022.  Audio of the event is available on Ledbury Poetry Player here. Thomas features from 26:00.

 

JOINT LIVE-STREAMED LAUNCH EVENT ON 21 JUNE 2022

Thomas launched his collection Bone Rosary alongside fellow Bloodaxe poets Anne Rouse and André Naffis-Sahely at the online launch event for our June 2022 titles on 21 June 2022.

 


[25 July 2022]


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