By Elizabeth Lee
‘WORDS on the air’ is a collection of short monologues for radio by local writers, which airs on KCLR 96FM from April 25-28 at 4.20pm on the Sue Nunn Show.
The collection was produced as part of the Carlow Writer-in-Residence scheme, under the direction of writer Marc-Ivan O’Gorman and is a joint initiative of Carlow County Library, Carlow Arts Office and Carlow College.
Thanks to the participation of Carlow Little Theatre, the authors had their plays read to a selection of their actors, which were recorded by Monica Hayes of KCLR. All eight tracks will stream twice daily, beginning Monday, April 25, and will be available online at https://soundcloud.com/cleverality thereafter.
Carlow-born Marc-Ivan O’Gorman developed the project as part of the playwriting course he taught at Carlow College last autumn, using techniques he learned teaching at the New York Film Academy, the Studio School Los Angeles and the Gaiety School of Acting, Dublin.
Here is a list of writers, their work, and the name of the actor who will be reading the play on KCLR.
Gabrielle Wolfe – To get out of bed
Gabrielle is a retired lawyer who is currently writing a memoir about her legal career and her 38-year marriage through love and adversity. The piece chosen is taken from a longer monologue on dejection. To get out of bed is read by Emma O’Brien.
Noreen Moore Murphy Uí Laighin – cemetery tree
“I was twice widowed and loved. I live in the beautiful mountains of Slieve Bloom in County Laois. I wrote this poem during the Covid-19 lockdown, again in front of a dazzling church, for another birthday mass of loved ones. The great tree watches over us as it has for generations. cemetery tree is read by Paul Dunne.
Saoirse Brown – Standing
“I wrote this article in response to personal stories and reports from women who have lived in abusive relationships and for those living with abuse. I write poetry, fiction and non-fiction mainly. I am inspired by nature or subjects that move me.
Standing is read by Margaret McKenna.
Bernie Jenkins – Avenue 66
“My name is Bernie Jenkins. I work in retail. I love to write and creativity is a wonderful thing. Located in Los Angeles, Avenue 66 is about a young couple finding their way in life. How one moment can change everything. So many things are at stake.” Avenue 66 is read by Paul McManus.
Alan O’Dwyer – Not consulted
Alan O’Dwyer is a retired Dublin publican living in Carlow since 1999 and the monologue ponders a mystery of life. Not consulted is read by Fergal Ward.
Nuala Dalton – On the run
Nuala Dalton is a musician and filmmaker from Co Carlow. ***higher ground***, his recent documentary on rural Carlow, screened at numerous film festivals including Still Voices, Offline and Craicfest New York, is currently screening on Ethiopian International Airlines. This is an excerpt from his first writing for the radio, it’s the opening scene. ***On the run*** is read by Paul McManus.
Doreena Jennings– Store Street No3
Doreena’s writing is like a diary, reflecting the ever-changing emotional landscape of life. She has just finished editing her first book of poetry. In this prose poem, Doreena attempts to piece together her inner world as she navigates the harsh reality of the road ahead. No. 3 Store Street is read by Gemma Lawlor
Elaine Meaney – Bindy
Elaine Meaney of Leighlinbridge. Work through stuff. His monologue, Bindy, is about a falcon and its master. Bindy is read by Christy