The Poetry Programme Sunday 18 November 2018
Olivia O’Leary explores the diverse and vibrant world of poets and poetry in The Poetry Programme on Sundays at 7:30 pm.
In the Poetry Programme on Sunday 25th November, at 7:30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1, Olivia O’Leary meets poet Vona Groarke, and novelist Mary Costello chooses a favourite poem.
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The Poetry Programme: For everyone who loves poetry. And those who just don’t know it yet.
A Rockfinch production for RTÉ.
Series Producer: Claire Cunningham. Executive Producer for RTÉ: Elizabeth Laragy
The Poetry Programme, Sunday 18th November
Michael Longley, who will turn 80 in 2019, is one of our finest poets, and on 11th and 18th November the Poetry Programme has an extended interview recorded at Michael’s home in Belfast.
Olivia O'Leary and Michael Longley
In the second part of the interview, on Sunday 18th November, Michael talks about how, as a poet, he has responded to the thirty years of violence in Northern Ireland, and about his marriage of over fifty years to his wife, Edna. He reiterates something that he has said before, that the best poetry is written by the young and the old, and speaks about his joy that he is still writing.
The programme ends with a poem written to mark the latest of many poetry awards that his work has received over the years, the inaugural Yakamochi Medal, named in honour of the 8th century Japanese poet Otomo no Yakamochi and awarded to an outstanding poet from anywhere in the world.
The programme will be available to listen back to after broadcast at: https://www.rte.ie/radio1/the-poetry-programme/ and on the RTÉ radio player.
The Poetry Programme is a Rockfinch production for RTÉ. Series Producer: Claire Cunningham.
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Olivia O'Leary explores the diverse and vibrant world of poets and poetry. A Rockfinch production for RTÉ.