Richard Murphy, now in his eighties, is one of
‘Richard Murphy’s verse is classical in a way that demonstrates what the classical strengths really are. It combines a high music with simplicity, force and directness in dealing with the world of action. He has the gift of epic objectivity: behind his poems we feel not the assertion of his personality, but the actuality of events, the facts and sufferings of history’ (Ted Hughes).
The following recordings were made at the Louis MacNeice
Centenary Celebration and Conference at Queen's University,
Vice-regal walls dominate the backstreets...
© All recordings copyright Richard Murphy and the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry.
Richard was reading with
and Nick Laird.