In the Poetry Programme on Sunday 6th November at 7pm on RTÉ Radio 1, we hear about the Poetry as Commemoration project, one that aims to work with poets and communities across the island of Ireland to deepen our collective understanding of the past.

An initiative of the Irish Poetry Reading Archive at UCD, the project is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 programme.

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Two of the organisers of the project, Catherine Wilsden and Evelyn Flanagan, join presenter Olivia O'Leary in studio to explain more about the background to the project.

Caroline Busher at Carlow Library with 6th class pupils of St Fiacc's National School

Elsewhere, Olivia dips into a creative writing workshop for 6th class pupils from St Fiacc's National School in Carlow, facilitated by children’s writer Caroline Busher, and we hear a new poem by Martina Evans.

Martina's poem is inspired by the memoirs of Máire Comerford and is one of ten new poems commissioned as part of the Project.

The Poetry Programme, RTÉ Radio 1, Sundays at 7pm - listen to more from The Poetry Programme here.