The Poetry Programme, presented by Olivia O'Leary, returns for a new autumn season on Sunday 14th November at 7 pm on RTÉ Radio 1 - listen to the first episode above.

On the first programme, poets Vona Groarke and Annemarie Ní Churreáin join Olivia to talk about their new collections, both published by The Gallery Press.

Vona Groarke

Vona Groarke was born in the Irish Midlands and attended Trinity College, Dublin and University College, Cork. She has lived in Dublin, Cork and Dundalk and has been writer-in-residence at universities in Galway and Maynooth. She was co-holder of the Heimbold Chair in Irish Studies at Villanova University (2004).

A member of Aosdána, she was selected as a Cullman Center Fellow at the New York Public Library 2018/19 and currently teaches in the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester.

She joins Olivia to read from her new collection, Link: Poet and World, published by The Gallery Press.

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Annemarie Ní Churreáin comes from the Donegal Gaeltacht. Her collection Bloodroot, published by Doire Press in 2017, was shortlisted for the Shine Strong Award and the Julie Suk Award.

Annemarie Ní Churreáin

She is a recipient of a Next Generation Artist Award and co-recipient of the Markievicz Award, and has received literary fellowships from USA, Germany and Scotland and was Writer-in-Residence at NUI, Maynooth, and Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris. The Poison Glen is her first collection with The Gallery Press.

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The Poetry Programme, RTÉ Radio 1, Sundays at 7 pm - listen back here.

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Vona Groarke

Annemarie Ní Churreáin Credit Enda Rowan