In this week's edition of The Poetry Programme, presenter Olivia O’Leary is joined by poet Sinead Morrissey, and the programme marks the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. 

Sinead Morrissey was Belfast’s first Poet Laureate in 2014 and she has published six collections, including Parallax, which won the T S Eliot Prize and the Irish Times Poetry Prize in 2013, and her most recent collection, On Balance, which won the Forward Prize for Best Poetry Collection in 2017.

She joins Olivia to talk about her love of Belfast, her approach to writing, and her move to Newcastle, where she is now Professor of Creative Writing and Director of the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts (NCLA).

She reads a selection of poems inspired by her memories of being the child of Communist parents, love, the Titanic, the achievements of aviator Lilian Bland, and her response to a rather misogynistic poem by Philip Larkin. 

Here she is reading the opening section of her poem about the Titanic - you can hear the full poem in the programme: 

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Also on this week's edition, the Poetry Jukebox is an on-street sound installation outside the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast, where you can pause for a while and listen to poem or two.

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To mark the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement on 10th April 1998, they have a new selection of poems for passers-by to listen to, including If I Was Us, I Wouldn’t Start From Here from poet and playwright Damian Gorman. 

Here he is reading the opening section of the poem - again, you can hear the full poem in the programme: 

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The Poetry Programme, RTÉ Radio 1, Sundays at 7.30pm