The Poetry Programme Saturday 16 September 2017
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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: Clíodhna Ní Anluain.
In the Poetry Programme on 16 September Olivia is joined by Liz Lochhead, the former National Poet of Scotland, Manuela Moser and Stephen Connolly talk about the Lifeboat poetry readings in Belfast, and we have a poem by Richard Murphy from the archives.
The Poetry Programme, Saturday 16th September
Liz Lochhead joins Olivia O’Leary to talk about her time as National Poet of Scotland, Manuela Moser and Stephen Connolly tell us about the Lifeboat poetry readings in Belfast, and a poem by Richard Murphy from the archives.
Liz Lochhead was National Poet of Scotland, or Scottish Makar, from 2011 to 2016. While it was exhausting, she relished bringing her enthusiasm for poetry to schools, community groups and readers all over Scotland. She believes that writing poetry is all about capturing a voice and brings us distinctive voices in the poems she reads on the programme. One of those voices is that of a mouse where, in a response to Rabbie Burns’ famous poem ‘To a Mouse’, Liz replies with her poem ‘From a Mouse’.
Stephen Connolly and Manuela Moser run the Lifeboat poetry readings in Belfast. Undaunted by the giants of poetry who have preceded them, they see poetry in Northern Ireland as a living thing. Both read some of their own work that appeared in the anthology The future always makes me so thirsty: new poets from the north of Ireland.
Manuela Moser, Stephen Connolly
Olivia O'Leary, Manuela Moser, Stephen Connolly
In August 2017 Richard Murphy celebrated his 90th birthday and Cork University Press have just re-published his memoir The Kick. Clutag Press have also published his latest book, In Search of Poetry. The programme ends with a recording from the archives of the poet reading his poem Moonshine.
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Olivia O'Leary explores the diverse and vibrant world of poets and poetry. A Rockfinch production for RTÉ.