In the Poetry Programme on Sunday 21st February, at 7:30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1, Olivia O'Leary is joined by Neil Astley, founder of Bloodaxe Books - listen above.

Neil has edited Staying Human, the fourth volume in his series of world poetry, which contains poems by 500 poets, including a strong representation of Irish poets.

In the course of the programme, we hear readings from these six contributors to the anthology:

Waterford-born poet Thomas McCarthy reads Slow Food, from his collection Pandemonium, published by Carcanet.Press.

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The Welsh-Indian poet Tishani Doshi reads the title poem from her collection Girls are Coming out of the Woods, published by Bloodaxe Books.

British poet David Constantine reads his prescient poem Dominion, from his Collected Poems, published by Bloodaxe Books.

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Irish poet Ailbhe Darcy, who now lives in Wales, reads After my Son was Born, from her collection Insistence, published by Bloodaxe Books.

British poet Wayne Holloway-Smith reads The Posh Mums are Boxing in the Square, from his collection Love Minus Love, published by Bloodaxe Books, which was shortlisted for the 2020 TS Eliot Prize.

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Pakistani-born poet Imtiaz Dharker reads her poem Chaudhri Sher Mobarik Looks at the Loch, from her collection Luck is the Hook, published by Bloodaxe Books.

The Poetry Programme, Sunday 21st February, at 7:30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1 - listen to last week's special Valentine's Day episode below:

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