The Poetry Programme, presented by Olivia O’Leary, returns for a new series on Sunday 24th March at 7:30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1.

In the first programme, Olivia O’Leary meets the inimitable Rita Ann Higgins, and Laurence O’Dwyer reads from his debut collection. Listen to the show below:

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Gerard Smyth has said of Rita Ann Higgins that, ‘She is (…) both jocular and jugular, two traits that combine to make her a singular voice in Irish poetry.’ She was born in 1955 in Galway, Ireland, where she still resides. She left school at 14, and was in her late 20s when she started writing poetry. She has published five poetry collections with Salmon Poetry and five with Bloodaxe Books.

Rita Ann joins Olivia to read from her latest book of essays and poems, Our Killer City - isms, chisms, chasms and schisms, published by Salmon Poetry.

Poet Laurence O Dwyer and Poetry Programme host Olivia O Leary

Laurence O’Dwyer is an Irish writer and scholar. He is also an endurance runner and inveterate traveller, and the poems in his debut collection, Tractography, published by Templar Poetry, bring the reader to many different countries. The collection has been shortlisted for the 2019 Strong/Shine Award.

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