Welcome to Thomas McCarthy’s page on podcasts.ie, below you will find audio recordings of Thomas reading from his work.  Thomas McCarthy was born in Cappoquin, Co Waterford. His poetry collections include The First Convention ( Dublin, The Dolmen Press, 1978); The Sorrow-Garden (London, Anvil Press Poetry, 1981); The Non-Aligned Storyteller (Anvil Press Poetry, 1984); Seven Winters in Paris (Anvil Press Poetry and Dublin, Dedalus, 1989); The Lost Province (Anvil Press Poetry 1996); and Mr Dineen’s Careful Parade, New & Selected Poems (Anvil Press Poetry, 1999); and The Last Geraldine Officer (Anvil Press Poetry, 2009).

Like many of the writers featured on podcasts.ie it is difficult to categorise Thomas as he is a writer of both poetry and prose, his fiction includes Without Power (Poolbeg Press, 1991); and Asya and Christine (Poolbeg Press, 1992). He has also published a memoir, The Garden of Remembrance (Dublin, New Island Books, 1998.)


Thomas has won many awards including The Patrick Kavanagh Award (1977); The Alice Hunt Bartlett Prize (1981); The Annual Literary Award, American Irish Foundation (1984); and the O’Shaughnessy Poetry Award, Irish-American Cultural Institute, 1991.

When we met with Thomas at facilities provided for us by The Cork International Airport Hotel, he read from two of his poetry collections so for that reason he is categorised here under featured poets, but as you get to know Thomas’s books you will discover that he is a great writer of both fiction and poetry.  Thomas is a member of Aosdána, and lives in Cork.  In the audio file below you will find an interview with Thomas McCarthy about his work, in coming weeks we will have some poetry readings from Thomas for you to enjoy.

Thomas willl be reading at the following events this summer POETRY INTERNATIONAL, Rotterdam (June) KINSALE ARTS WEEK (July) and SHANGHAI WORLD EXPO, Irish Pavilion, (October). More iunformation to follow

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Our thanks to The Cork International Airport Hotel for providing excellent facilties for us to make this recording