Coming up in this week’s RTÉ Poetry Programme, presenter Olivia O’Leary talks with Liz Lochhead about her time as National Poet of Scotland and hears from Manuela Moser and Stephen Connolly about the Lifeboat poetry readings in Belfast.

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And in the year that poet Richard Murphy celebrates his 90th birthday, the programme ends with a recording from the archives of the poet reading his poem Moonshine.

The Poetry Programme celebrates Richard Murphy at 90

Liz Lochhead was National Poet of Scotland, or Scottish Makar, from 2011 to 2016. While it was exhausting, she relished bringing her enthusiasm for poetry to schools, community groups and readers all over Scotland. She believes that writing poetry is all about capturing a voice and brings us distinctive voices in the poems she reads on the programme. One of those voices is that of a mouse where, in a response to Rabbie Burns’ famous poem To a Mouse, Liz replies with her poem From a Mouse.

Listen: Liz Lochhead reads From a Mouse:

 Stephen Connolly and Manuela Moser run the Lifeboat poetry readings in Belfast. Undaunted by the giants of poetry who have preceded them, they see poetry in Northern Ireland as a living thing. Both read some of their own work that appeared in the anthology The future always makes me so thirsty: new poets from the north of Ireland.

Olivia O’Leary talks to Manuela Moser and Stephen Connolly

In August 2017 Richard Murphy celebrated his 90th birthday and Cork University Press have just re-published his memoir The Kick. Clutag Press have also published his latest book, In Search of Poetry.

The programme ends with a recording from the archives of the poet reading his poem Moonshine.

The Poetry Programme, RTÉ Radio 1, Saturday 16 September, 7:30 pm