In the Poetry Programme on Sunday 9th May, at 7:30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1, Olivia O'Leary’s guests are Leontia Flynn and Matthew Geden - listen above.

Award-winning poet Leontia Flynn was born in Co Down and lives in Belfast, where she teaches Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre. She has published four full collections, with These Days winning the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Her 2017 collection, The Radio (Cape Poetry), was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot prize and received the Irish Times Poetry Now Award.

She joins Olivia to talk about her work and to read a selection of work form The Radio, including a poem inspired by Louis MacNeice.

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She also reads from a recent pamphlet, New Slim Book (The Lifeboat), of poems inspired by the direct and sometimes rather rude work of the Roman poet Catullus. Leontia is working on a new collection and gives us a preview with a reading of a poem published last year in Volume 131 of Poetry Ireland Review.

Matthew Geden

Matthew Geden was born in Coventry and now lives in Kinsale. He has published four poetry collections and works as the Director of Kinsale Writing School. He was recently appointed the Writer in Residence with Cork County Library and Arts Service. His latest collection, Fruit, is published by surrealist poetry publisher SurVision Books - listen to an extract here.

The Poetry Programme, Sundays at 7:30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1 - listen to last week's edition below:

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