This week on the Poetry Programme, presenter Olivia O’Leary is joined by one of our most acclaimed contemporary poets, Eavan Boland, and the programme looks forward to Poetry Day Ireland on Thursday next, April 26. 

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Eavan Boland's 2014 Michael Littleton Memorial Lecture on "Has Poetry a Future?"

Eavan Boland was born in Dublin, studied in Ireland, London and New York, and published her first collection while she was still a student. She is currently Director of the Creative Writing Program at Stanford University in California. 

Eavan is a pioneering figure in Irish poetry and one of the foremost voices in Irish literature. She joins Olivia O’Leary to talk about her poetry, the struggle of the early years, and her optimism about the current state of poetry in Ireland. She also reads a selection of her poems, including "Night Feed".

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RTÉ Radio One's Poetry Programme from last week with Louis de Paor and Doireann Ní Ghríofa

Poetry Day Ireland 2018 takes place on 26th April, and the programme ends with a preview of one of the planned events, the Poetry in Motion conference in Limerick, which brings together academics and performance poets and is organised by Paul McNamara

Poet Paul McNamara

The Poetry Programme, Sunday April 22 at 7.30pm