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Who reads poetry? asks Ireland’s Professor of Poetry Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

In the annual Ireland Chair of Poetry lecture, delivered at Trinity on 14 March, Professor Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin explored the relationship between poets and their readers. Drawing on a range of examples from her own reading and her family history, she looked at how poets have been represented and how they have imagined and engaged with their audiences, and she considered how readers have made poems their own. For more on the lecture, visit
In advance of the lecture, Professor Ní Chuilleanáin spoke to RTÉ Radio One’s Arena programme. You can listen to the full interview here:!rii=b9_21332986_1526_13-03-2018_


President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, and Prof Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin,
Ireland Chair of Poetry


Prof Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Ireland Chair of Poetry, and Paula Meehan,
Irish Poet and Playwright