BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.

20 February 2015
Poetry - Study Ireland

BBC Homepage
BBC NI Schools
- ages 11-16


Growing Up


Sense of Place





Contact Us

KS 3 / 4 BBC TV

The Study Ireland poetry TV series is presented by Belfast novelist, Glenn Patterson. It features a wide range of contemporary poetic voices that explore five themes to give students a clear idea of how and why poems are written.

This website contains audio and video clips from the programmes and teacher's notes. You can learn about the authors and read their poems online. So discover more about some of the world-famous poets from Northern Ireland.

Glen Patterson
Growing Up

looks at how some writers experienced life from early childhood to adolescence.

Blackberry Picking

by Seamus Heaney

The Singer

by Medbh McGuckian


examines the complex webs that bind people together and break them apart.


by Elaine Gaston

Why Brownlee left

by Paul Muldoon

Nature & Landscape

draws on a long Irish written tradition that deals with animals and the world they live in.


by Michael Longley

The Perch

by Seamus Heaney


contains poetry written in response to the painful experiences of the people of Northern Ireland during the last thirty years.

Belfast Confetti

by Ciaran Carson

Graubelle Man

by Seamus Heaney

The Civil Servant

by Michael Longley

A Sense Of Place

shows how some writers respond to places that are very familiar to them.

Caiseal na gCorr

by Cathal O'Searcaigh

Paradise Fatigue

by Eilish Martin

Turn Again

by Ciaran Carson

About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy