Immigration by Westwords


In a month where the European immigration emergency has spiralled into deeper disorder, one cannot help but be moved in some way. Five years of fighting in Syria has caused one of the worst humanitarian crises of the 21st Century and the movement of thousands of people across foreign borders is the centre of attention. In this show we look at the poetry and music of immigration featuring: Sargon Boulus, Tishani Doshi, Margaret Atwood, Emma Lazarus, Czeslaw Milosz and Carol Rumens. Music from Bruce Springsteen, Elbow, Geoffrey Oryema and more.

Presenter: Tracy Gaughan

People by WestWords

Theme of People in poetry and music featuring: Carl Sandburg’s tribute to the people of Chicago, James Tate’s Lost Pilot and the Idea of Ancestry by Etheridge Knight. Along with music from Damien Rice, Hozier and Bell X1.
Presenter: Tracy Gaughan

WestWords Perfect Pair 03.07.2014


Irish poet and philosopher John O’Donoghue was born in Co. Clare in 1956, He was ordained as a Catholic priest, but left the priesthood in the 1990s. He is probably best known, as author of Anam Cara or Soul Friend, a compendium of Celtic wisdom for the pilgrim soul. He passed away unexpectedly in early 2008. From Connemara Blues, this is: 

By John O’Donoghue

Nothing can make the night stay outside,
It pours in everywhere, smothers my room
With black air prepared in some unseen cave,
Tightens around my skull the root silence
Of that room in rock; nothing broke the dark
Except the tick of raindrops from above;
Centuries seeping through the limestone
To point a cold finger of stalactite
At emptiness never softened by breath;
Where the sore of absence was never felt
In cold that fasted solid from light,
A hermit space that let in no question.

This dark is all eyes; but cannot feel
How it blackens the breath and the heart.
It weighs me down as it would a stone.