Nuala Ní Dhomnaill – Imprint: Writer in Profile

Loopline Collection, Documentary, Irish Culture
Directed by:
Produced by:
Martina Durac, Loopline


30 mins

In this Writer in Profile interview, Irish-language poet Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill discusses her early childhood in England where she grew up speaking both English and Irish. At the age of five, she went to live with her aunt in Co Kerry and was spurred to write Irish-language poetry after her first visit to the Gaeltacht. Ní Dhomhnaill believes that writing in Irish can be a liberating experience and she discusses her position as a female poet in relation to the limited readership of Irish-language writing. The interview ends with an amusing story about Ní Dhomhnaill being recognised by people on the street who are familiar with her poems.

Imprint, a literature review programme, and its sister show Imprint: Writer in Profile screened on RTÉ1 for three seasons. Both were presented by Irish poet, writer and lecturer Theo Dorgan. Over the course of the Writer in Profile series Dorgan conducted extended, in-depth interviews with a wide range of Irish and international writers including Colm Tóibín, Bernard MacLaverty, Jennifer Johnston, Joseph O’Connor, Michael Longley, Doris Lessing, John Montague, Eavan Boland, Gore Vidal, Richard Ford and Margaret Atwood. This episode is part of The Loopline Collection Volume 1. To watch more of the collection click here.