In the Poetry Programme on Sunday 19th May at 7:30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1, Ron Carey tells presenter Olivia O'Leary that it’s never too late to start writing poetry, and Kimberly Campanello reads from her new collection inspired by the Tuam Mother and Baby Home.

Now aged 70, Ron Carey published his first collection of poetry, Distance, in 2015, after he retired, and it was shortlisted for the prestigious Forward Prize. He has always written, but only began to take it seriously when he was 60. He runs courses for older people and encourages his students to believe that it’s never too late to start writing. His second collection, Racing Down The Sun, was published in November 2018 by Revival Press.

Listen - Ron Carey reads his poem Moving:

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Kimberly Campanello was born in Elkhart, Indiana. Her poetry publications include Consent, Imagines and Strange Country (both on the sheela-na-gig stone carvings), and Hymn to Kālī (her version of the Karpūrādi-stotra).

Her book MOTHERBABYHOME is a 796-page ‘report’ comprised of conceptual and visual poetry. An excavation of voices, the poems are composed entirely of text taken from historical archives and contemporary sources related to the Tuam Mother and Baby Home in Co Galway.

Listen - Kimberly Campanello reads from MOTHERBABYHOME:

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