In the Poetry Programme on Sunday 25th November, at 7:30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1, Olivia O’Leary meets poet Vona Groarke, and novelist Mary Costello chooses a favourite poem - listen to the show above.

Back in July, during a month of glorious sunshine, Olivia O’Leary hosted three Heart of Summer events, produced by Poetry Ireland in association with the Office of Public Works.

The performances were recorded for the Poetry Programme, and the programme on Sunday 25th November at 7:30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1 brings us readings, interviews and music from the Heart of Summer event which took place at Derrynane House in County Kerry. Olivia’s guests on the night were poet Vona Groarke and novelist Mary Costello, and music was performed by Julie Feeney.

Vona Groarke

Vona Groarke was born in the Irish Midlands. She attended Trinity College, Dublin and University College, Cork and has lived in Dublin, Cork and Dundalk. She now lives in Manchester where she teaches in the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester.

In 2008, her version of Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill’s eighteenth-century Irish poem was published as Lament for Art O’Leary, and she reads from the work during the programme. Derrynane House, which was the home of Daniel O’Connell, is a particularly apt location, given that Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill was his aunt.

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Watch: Vona Groarke reads her poem A to Z

Her collections published by The Gallery Press include Shale (1994), Other People’s Houses (1999), Flight (2002), shortlisted for the Forward Prize (UK) in 2002 and winner of the Michael Hartnett Award in 2003, Juniper Street (2006), Spindrift (2009) and X (2014), both Poetry Book Society Recommendations, and her Selected Poems (2016). Four Sides Full, a personal essay, was published in October 2016.

Novelist Mary Costello also took part in the event at Derrynane House, and the programme ends with a reading of a favourite poem, Derek Mahon’s A Disused Shed in County Wexford.

The Poetry Programme, RTÉ Radio 1, Sundays at 7:30 pm - the programme will be available to listen back to after broadcast on the RTÉ radio player, or via the Poetry Programme website.