In the Poetry Programme at 7:30 pm on Sunday 24th May on RTÉ Radio 1, poets Nessa O’Mahony, Seán Lysaght, Annemarie Ní Churreáin and Pat Boran reflect on the times we’re living in, and we hear a prophetic poem from Chris Agee - listen to the programme in full above.

Dublin poet Nessa O’Mahony works as a freelance teacher and writer. She has published five poetry collections, most recently The Hollow Woman on the Island (Salmon Poetry, 2019). In her essay for the Poetry Programme, she wonders whether the seclusion imposed by a pandemic is the ideal setting to get on with your writing, and reads a new poem, Bás in Éireann, which is published on the website.

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Seán Lysaght grew up in Limerick and spent several years abroad, in Switzerland and Germany, before returning to Ireland. He now lives in Westport, County Mayo. He has published six poetry collections with The Gallery Press, most recently Selected Poems (2010) and Carnival Masks (2014). He looks back to a poem by World War 1 poet Edward Thomas for an analogy for the present pandemic and reads a new poem, A Family Album.

 Annemarie Ní Churreáin is from Donegal. In 2016, she was the recipient of a Next Generation Artist Award from the Arts Council of Ireland. Her debut collection, Bloodroot, was published by Doire Press in 2017. It reflected the sense of loss in so many Irish families over the separation of mothers and children, and she continues to explore that theme during the present lockdown. She reads a new poem, Bridget, part of a series which will be published on the Solace Arts Centre website.

Pat Boran

Pat Boran was born in Portlaoise and lives in Dublin. He has published more than a dozen books of poetry and prose, most recently Then Again (2019) and A Man Is Only As Good: A Pocket Selected Poems, which appeared in 2017. He is a former presenter of the Poetry Programme and is a director of Dedalus Press. His essay for the Poetry Programme could be described as a prose poem and was inspired by a walk in Howth.

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