In the Poetry Programme on Sunday 25th April, at 7:30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1 - a new collection from James Harpur, and Niamh O'Donnell, Director of Poetry Ireland, previews Poetry Day Ireland 2021 - listen above.
James Harpur is a multi-award-winning poet. His 2018 collection, The White Silhouette, was an Irish Times Book of the Year, while his 2012 collection, Angels and Harvesters, was a PBS Recommendation and shortlisted for the 2013 Irish Times Award.
His new collection, The Examined Life, published by Two Rivers Press, has already won the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize. The poems in the collection vividly recall his time at boarding school in Surrey in the 1970s.
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Poetry Day Ireland 2021 takes place this year on Thursday 29th April, and the Director of Poetry Ireland, Niamh O'Donnell, joins Olivia to give a flavour of some of the events we can look forward to. As in 2020, the events are online and all details can be found here. Niamh also reads a favourite poem by Eavan Boland to mark the first anniversary of Eavan's death in April 2020.
As part of the events to mark Poetry Day, Poetry Ireland have made a series of videos, and we hear Dara McAnulty, author of the best-selling Diary of a Young Naturalist, reading Seamus Heaney’s poem Personal Helicon from his 1966 collection Death of a Naturalist (Faber and Faber).
The Poetry Programme, Sundays at 7:30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1 - listen to last week's edition below:
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