Our latest Poem Of The Week, selected by The Poetry Programme is 'This was no time for extensions' by Keith Payne. 

What makes a suitable subject for a poem?

Our Poem of the Week, This was no time for extensions', is from poet Keith Payne and is about…. woodchip wallpaper. Who knew a '70s wall covering could be so inspiring? Listen below:


Keith Payne is a graduate of the M.Phil. in Creative Writing from the Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing, Trinity College, Dublin. His debut collection of poems, ‘Broken Hill’, was published in 2015 by Lapwing Publications and a new anthology, ‘Six Galician Poets’, with translations by Keith, is being published by Arc Publications in October 2016. Earlier this year, the trustees of the Ireland Chair of Poetry named him as the recipient of the annual Ireland Chair of Poetry bursary, which is awarded annually to a poet of promise.

Keith currently lives in Spain and he has set up the La Malinche Readings, bringing Galician poets to read in Ireland and Irishpoets to read in Spain.

Keith Payne and Galician poet Elvira Ribeiro will be joining presenter Rick O’Shea on this Saturday's Poetry Programme - RTÉ Radio 1, 24 September 7:30 pm.