Our Poem of the Week is Periwinkles by Siobhán Campbell.
Siobhán is one of the poets who took part in the hour-long RTÉ Poetry Programme recorded recently in London in collaboration with the Irish Literary Society, and being broadcast at 7 pm on RTÉ Radio 1.
This reading of Periwinkles is from the live recording and Siobhán says of the poem: ‘I wanted to come to the commemorative idea from a different angle, and I was also tickled by the challenge of getting Paul Muldoon, Louis MacNeice and 1916 into the same poem.’
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Siobhán is a poet, critic and lecturer. She is the author of five works of poetry and co-editor of the recently-published book of essays on the work of Eavan Boland, Inside History.
Her poetry has received awards in the National Poetry Competition and the Troubadour International Competition and she is the recipient of an Arts Council award and the Templar Poetry Prize. Much of her work is expressive of her interest in the place of the political poem in contemporary poetics. Her forthcoming volume Heat Signature (March, 2017) reflects on commemoration and the centenary of the Dublin Rising, while Cross Talk (2010) explored boundaries and the interwoven nature of family, local and historical conflicts.
The RTÉ Poetry Programme returns on Christmas Eve at the earlier time of 7pm for an hour-long special recorded in London in the company of London-based Irish poets and members of the Irish Literary Society.