Deep Probings

Five readings from the memoirs of Fiachra MacFiach - poet, man of letters and one of the most neglected figures in contemporary Irish culture.

Abridged and read by Ian Macpherson.

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01Childhood20040223

Five readings from the memoirs of Fiachra MacFiach - poet, man of letters and one of the most neglected figures in contemporary Irish culture.

Abridged and read by Ian Macpherson.The early years of my schooling were overseen by a succession of kindly spinsters, most of whom took early retirement for one reason or another.

02Adolescence20040224

My adolescence arrived late - due, perhaps, to the preponderance of cold winters.

03Leaving Home20040225

My parents understood instinctively that I was the chosen one, and had actually saved up to send me away.

04Exile20040226

I left Ireland an embittered exile.

It was the done thing.

05 LASTLondon20040227

I posted some carefully selected samples of my poetry to Faber and Faber.

Faber, it appeared, liked my work.

Faber didn't.