In the Poetry Programme at 7:30 pm on Sunday 17th May on RTÉ Radio 1, Olivia O'Leary meets Scottish poets Don Paterson and Peter Mackay.

Peter Mackay/Pàdraig MacAoidh, who grew up on the Isle of Lewis, in the Hebrides, writes poetry in Scottish Gaelic and English. A lecturer in the School of English at St Andrews University in Scotland, he is an expert in Scottish and Irish literature from 1800 onwards. His second poetry collection, Nàdar de/Some Kind of (Acair), was published in February 2020.

Listen: Peter Mackay reads from Gille

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One of Scotland's best-known poets, Don Paterson is Professor of Poetry at the University of St Andrews and poetry editor at Picador. His poetry has twice won both the TS Eliot and Whitbread/Costa Prizes and has also won three Forward prizes.

Don Paterson and Olivia O Leary 

He won the Queen’s Gold medal for Poetry in 2010. His most recent collection, Zonal (Faber & Faber), has just been published.

Listen: Don Patterson reads from The Eternal

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