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City of Books

Jan 28, 2021

Poet Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin talks about a time when books were banned in Ireland.

And how her mother, distinguished children's writer Eilís Dillon, had a cupboard of them which she handed out to the family.

“It was, of course, nonsensical that they were banned," says Eiléan.

“You had to go out and get them quickly when they were first published."

Eiléan was recently named winner of China’s prestigious 1573 International Poetry Award.

Produced and presented by Martina Devlin.

Music by Daragh Dukes.

Eiléan's Collected Poems spanning more than half a century available from the Gallery Press website here: