The Poetry Programme

The Poetry Programme

Saturday at 7.30pm

The Poetry Programme Saturday 7 October 2017

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.

Aifric Mac Aodha’s translator, David Wheatley, is also a fine poet in his own right and he reads two of his own poems from his new collection The President of Planet Earth (Carcanet).

The Poetry Programme

The Poetry Programme

On the Poetry Programme, presented by Olivia O'Leary, poet Jessica Traynor marks the 350th anniversary of the birth of Jonathan Swift. A Rockfinch production for RTÉ.

The Poetry Programme, Saturday 7th October

Jessica Traynor marks the 350th anniversary of the birth of Jonathan Swift and Mark Roper reads from his new collection.

The poet, cleric and satirist Jonathan Swift was born 350 years ago in 1667. One of the works he is remembered for is the biting satire A Modest Proposal For preventing the Children of Poor People From being a Burthen to Their Parents or Country, and For making them Beneficial to the Publick, commonly referred to as A Modest Proposal. Swift suggested in his essay that the impoverished Irish could ease their poverty by selling their children as food for the rich. To mark the 350th anniversary of the birth of Jonathan Swift The Salvage Press has produced a limited edition of A Modest Proposal with illustrations by David O’Kane and poems by Jessica Traynor. Jessica reads some of her poems and tells us how they were inspired.

Jessica Traynor

Mark Roper is an English poet who moved to Ireland in 1980, when he was 28, and only then turned to poetry. His new collection Bindweed (Dedalus), like all his previous collections, contains many poems inspired by nature. The second half of the collection addresses a serious accident in the mountains and its long aftermath.

Mark Roper

Mark Roper & Olivia O'Leary

The programme ends with a poem by Bernard O’Donoghue from his collection The Seasons of Cullen Church (Faber & Faber). The poem remembers Francis Ledwidge, who was killed during the First World War on 31st July 1917.

Francis Ledwidge

The Poetry Programme is a Rockfinch production for RTÉ. Series Producer: Claire Cunningham. Executive Producer for RTÉ: Clíodhna Ní Anluain.

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

Take Five

Take Five

Dave Brubeck

5:25

Sound On The Beach

Sound On The Beach

Will Butler/Owen Palett

6:01

Promenade Of Stolen Children

Promenade Of Stolen Children

Adam Taylor

3:09

Sleepwalker

Sleepwalker

Will Butler/Owen Palett

3:16

Take Five

Take Five

Dave Brubeck

5:25

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