The Poetry Programme returns for a new autumn series on Sunday 18th October at 7:30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1 - listen to the first episode above.

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, former Ireland Professor of Poetry, tells presenter Olivia O’Leary about finding a number of poems on his computer after the death of her husband, Macdara Woods, in 2018. She reads two poems from Last Poems and Two Tales from Co. Meath, published by Cyphers, including a short and humorous poem called Schroedinger’s Cat - listen below:

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Gallery Press has also this year published Eiléan's Collected Poems, with poems from nine collections, the first published in 1972, and some new work, and she reads two poems, Intimations and Key-Ring on the programme.

Macdara Woods

We also hear Macdara himself reading one of his poems in an archive clip from 2016, when he was a guest on the Poetry Programme.

While Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin is one of Gallery Press’s most long-standing poets, Grace Wilentz is publishing her debut collection with the Press. She talks with Olivia about growing up in New York, her Jewish background, getting into poetry, and the loss of her parents when she was young.

Grace Wilentz

The programme ends by remembering Derek Mahon, who died on 1st October 2020.

The Poetry Programme, Sundays from 11th October at 7:30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1 - listen back here.