In the Poetry Programme on Sunday 24th January, at 7:30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1, Kerry Hardie and John O’Donnell join presenter Olivia O’Leary to read new poems inspired by nature, loss and wonder.

Kerry Hardie is based in Co. Kilkenny and has published eight collections of poetry and her latest collection, Where Now Begins (Bloodaxe Books), was published in 2020. She joins Olivia to read poems from the collection which celebrate nature and reflect on dealing loss.

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Listen: Kerry Hardie reads the opening lines of her poem Coats

On the Poetry Programme a few weeks ago, John O'Donnell spoke with Olivia about the activities of PEN Ireland and read a poem by the Turkish poet Ilhan Çomak. He joins Olivia again, this time to bring us some of his own work and to read from his collection Sunlight: New and Selected Poems (Dedalus Press) and some brand new work.

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Listen: John O'Donnell reads the opening lines of his poem Feathers

Sundays, at 7:30 pm, RTÉ Radio One - The Poetry Programme is available to listen back to after broadcast on the RTÉ radio player. Listen to last Sunday's episode below...

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