In 2014 Lagan Media Productions, a Belfast based production house, approached Design at Magee Lecturer Mark Cullen and past student Christian McGilloway with a project involving the animation of Irish poetry. There were 12 poems in all and Christian and Mark were tasked with gathering a team to produce the content for the series
Lagan media produced briefs for each of the poems and the team was assembled. This comprised of Design at Magee lecturer Mark Cullen and past students Christian McGilloway David Kerr, Niall Carlin and Una Gallagher. They were joined by a friend of Una’s, Katie O’Kane.
The programmes aired in October 2014 on BBC Northern Ireland weekly for a 12 week period and they are currently on repeat on the same channel on Mondays at 10:25pm. You can watch the poems on the BBC Player here: BBC Player Clips
Blianta an Cogaidh by Máirtín Ó Direáin and animated by Lecturer Mark Cullen was nominated in the prestigious Celtic Media Awards ceremony 2014.
The poems were also included in a mobile app. The Filliocht Anois app features poems from 5 poets in CCEA’s Irish Poetry A2 level curriculum and include biography, audio readings, quizzes and feature the animations themselves.
The app is available on iTunes here: IOS app
and on Google Play here: Android App
Further Information can be found on the Northern Ireland Screen website here: NIScreen Article
For those of you with regional difficulties using the BBC iPlayer you can view the award nominated Blianta an Chogaidh below (subtitles and title screens were added in post).