Love is Strong as Death
Paul Kelly in conversation with Libbi Gorr
Poetry teaches us how to love and live. It helps make sense of the world around us. Tune in to Paul Kelly reciting the poems he loves – ancient and modern, hallowed and profane, famous and little known – that speak to powerful literary themes of love and death and everything in between.
Paul Kelly has been making records since 1978, over 30 to date. He has collaborated with many other songwriters and written music for film and theatre. His prose has appeared in Meanjin, The Monthly, Rolling Stone and The Age. In 2010 he published a ‘mongrel memoir’ How to Make Gravy and in 2019 an anthology of his favourite poems Love is Strong as Death.
Libbi Gorr is an Australian broadcaster, writer and performer, working across radio, TV and live performance. Since her breakthrough TV character Elle McFeast established her as one of our bravest, innovative satirists in the glorious 1990s, Libbi has established herself as a muse of wit, humour and heart in the swirling pool of love, loss, trust, joy and betrayal that so marks the human condition. “I heard a fly buzz - when I died”, is a poem by Emily Dickinson Libbi just can’t shake.