•   1st February 2021
  •   1 hr 20 mins

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In this episode we talk to Sarah Clancy. Sarah is a poet and activist from Galway, and currently based in Clare. Her published collections include Stacey and the Mechanical Bull  in 2011, Thanks for Nothing, Hippies  in 2012, and The Truth and Other Stories  in 2014. Sarah has often performed her work both at literary and at political events.

We discuss Sarah’s background and how she came both to political activism and to poetry, how the two inflect each other, her experience of activism and analysis of the political Left. We also discuss the challenges for the contemporary Left in Ireland during the pandemic crisis.

During the episode you can hear Sarah recite her poem, “And Yet We Must Live in These Times”.

You’ll find a video of Sarah performing “Cherishing For Beginners” at the Stand for Truth rally during the visit of the Pope in 2018 on Youtube  (thanks to the WSM).

Lyrikline.org has the text and a recording of the Rita Ann Higgins poem, “Some People” , which Sarah discusses.


The Irish Left Archive Podcast aims to hear from a broad range of voices on the Left. We are not affiliated with any particular political organisation, and the views, information, or opinions expressed by guests are solely their own and do not necessarily represent those of the Irish Left Archive or those associated with it.

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