In The Poetry Programme at 7:30 pm on Sunday 16th December on RTÉ Radio 1, Olivia O’Leary meets Ailbhe Darcy, whose collection Insistence has been shortlisted for the prestigious 2018 TS Eliot Prize.

Ailbhe Darcy was born and bred in Dublin in 1981. She studied for her PhD and MFA at the University of Notre Dame in the US, and taught there and at the University of Münster in Germany. She is now a lecturer in creative writing at Cardiff University.

She has published her poetry in Ireland, Britain and the US. Imaginary Menagerie (Bloodaxe Books, 2011), her first book-length collection, was shortlisted for Ireland's DLR Strong Award at the Poetry Now/Mountains to Sea festival. A collaboration with S.J. Fowler, Subcritical Texts, was published by Gorse in 2017.

Ailbhe joins Olivia to talk about her second collection, Insistence, published by Bloodaxe in 2018, which has been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. This annual prize for the best new poetry collection published in the UK or Ireland has been described by the former British Poet Laureate as ‘the prize most poets want to win’.

Ailbhe is one of two Irish poets on the shortlist - the winner will be announced at the Award Ceremony on Monday 14th January 2019.

You can also hear an interview with the other Irish poet on the 2018 TS Elliot Prize shortlist, Nick Laird, who was Olivia’s guest on the Poetry Programme on 30th September 2018 - listen back here.

The Poetry Programme, RTÉ Radio 1, Sundays at 7:30 pm - listen back after broadcast here.