In this week's Poetry Programme on RTÉ Radio 1, Olivia O’Leary was joined by Kerry-based poet Paddy Bushe, and the programme remembered Seamus Heaney, who would have turned 80 on 13th April. Listen back to the show below:
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Paddy Bushe was born in Dublin in 1948 and now lives in Waterville, Co. Kerry. He is a prize-winning poet in Irish and in English, and he joins Olivia to talk about living in Kerry, the experience of staying overnight on Skellig Michael, his admiration of Daniel O’Connell, and walking in Nepal. He reads poems in both English and Irish: Paddy’s most recent collection of poetry in English, On a Turning Wing, is published by Dedalus Press, as is the anthology Voices at the World’s Edge, which he edited. His collection of poetry in Irish, Móinéar an Chroí, is published by Coisceim.
The much-missed Seamus Heaney was born on 13th April 1939, and to mark what would have been his 80th birthday the programme ends with an archive recording of the poet reading his poem The Blackbird of Glanmore, from his collection District and Circle, published in 2006 by Faber & Faber.
The Poetry Programme, Sundays at 7.30pm, RTÉ Radio 1 - listen back here.