The Poetry Programme

The Poetry Programme

Saturday at 7.30pm

The Poetry Programme Saturday 9 April 2016

Olivia O’Leary explores the diverse and vibrant world of poets and poetry in The Poetry Programme on Saturdays at 7:30 pm.

You can contact the Poetry Programme by emailing poetry@rte.ie, tweeting @PoetryProgRTE, or on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/RTEPoetryProgramme.

You can also listen back to all previous programmes in the Programme Archive (see above right).

The Poetry Programme: For everyone who loves poetry. And those who just don’t know it yet.

A Rockfinch production for RTÉ.

Series Producer: Claire Cunningham. Executive Producer for RTÉ: Clíodhna Ní Anluain.

On Saturday 25th November Conor O’Callaghan joins Olivia O’Leary to talk about his latest collection and we hear from the new poetry editor of the New Yorker magazine, Kevin Young. 

The Poetry Programme

The Poetry Programme

In the Poetry Programme this week Rita Ann Higgins, one of Ireland's most beloved contemporary poets, reads from her new collection. A Rockfinch production for RTÉ.

The Poetry Programme, Saturday 9th April

In the Poetry Programme on 9 April, Rita Ann Higgins’s much-anticipated new collection, stunning readings by poet Rafiq Kathwari, and a look forward to Brendan Kennelly’s 80th birthday.

Rita Higgins is one of Ireland’s best loved contemporary poets, beloved of readers and audiences ever since she published her first collection, ‘Goddess on The Mervue Bus’, with the pioneers of Salmon Poetry way back in 1986. She joins Rick to talk about her new collection,’Tongulish’, published by Bloodaxe.

Rafiq Kathwari is the first non-Irish recipient of the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in the 44-year history of the award. Born in Kashmir, he has lived most of his adult life in New York, and now lives in Ballyoonan, County Louth. He reads from his collection ‘In Another Country’, published by Doire Press.

The programme ends with a look forward to Brendan Kennelly’s 80th birthday on 17 April, with a recording of the poet reading his poem ‘The Gift’. The recording is from the CD accompanying ‘The Essential Brendan Kennelly’, published by Bloodaxe.

Rita Ann Higgins (Credit: Jennifer A Higgins)

Rafiq Kathwari (Courtesy of Doire Press)

Brendan Kennelly (Credit: RTÉ Stills 1996)

About The Show

Olivia O'Leary explores the diverse and vibrant world of poets and poetry. A Rockfinch production for RTÉ.

Music Played on the Show

You Are Here Four Tet Remix

You Are Here Four Tet Remix

Nathan Paul Fake/Four Tet

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You Are Here Four Tet Remix

You Are Here Four Tet Remix

Nathan Paul Fake/Four Tet

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You Are Here Four Tet Remix

You Are Here Four Tet Remix

Nathan Paul Fake/Four Tet

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You Are Here Four Tet Remix

You Are Here Four Tet Remix

Nathan Paul Fake/Four Tet

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