In the Poetry Programme on Sunday at 7:30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1, Olivia O'Leary meets three emerging poets taking part in the 2020 Poetry Ireland Introductions programme: Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe, Mark Ward and Eva Griffin.

Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe is a poet, pacifist and fabulist. She is the recipient of a Next Generation Artist Award in Literature from the Arts Council of Ireland, advisory board member of Ledbury Poetry Critics Ireland, and co-editor of Hold Open The Door, a commemorative anthology from the Ireland Chair of Poetry (UCD Press). Her debut poetry collection is forthcoming with Faber & Faber in July 2021. 

Mark Ward is the author of the chapbooks Circumference (Finishing Line Press, 2018) and Carcass (Seven Kitchens Press, 2020). A full-length collection, Nightlight, will be published by Salmon Poetry in 2022. He was Highly Commended in the 2019 Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award and in 2020 he was shortlisted for the Cúirt New Writing Prize. He is the founding editor of Impossible Archetype, an international journal of LGBTQ+ poetry, now in its fourth year.

Eva Griffin is a poet living in Dublin and a UCD graduate with an MA in Gender, Sexuality & Culture. She was chosen as a Dublin Book Festival Young Writer Delegate by the Irish Writers Centre in 2019. Her work has been published in Abridged, Anthropocene, Poethead, The Ogham Stone, and more. Her debut pamphlet Fake Hands/Real Flowers is published by Broken Sleep Books.

Olivia O’Leary talks with Nidhi, Mark and Evan about the experience of taking part in the 2020 Poetry Ireland Introductions programme, and what they have gained from it, and they each read two of their poems.

The Poetry Programme is a Rockfinch production for RTÉ and is available to listen back to after broadcast on the RTÉ radio player.