The Poetry Programme

The Poetry Programme

Sunday at 7.30pm

The Poetry Programme Sunday 26 May 2019

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 2nd June at 7:30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1 Olivia O’Leary hosts an event with Palestinian poet Rafeef Ziadah and American poet Patricia Smith, recorded at the 2019 Cúirt International Festival of Literature. 

You can contact the Poetry Programme by emailing poetry@rte.ie, tweeting @PoetryProgRTE, or on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/RTEPoetryProgramme.

You can also listen back to all previous programmes in the Programme Archive (see above right).

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

The Poetry Programme

Mary Noonan and debut poet Ciarán O'Rourke join Olivia O'Leary on the Poetry Programme. A Rockfinch production for RTÉ.

The Poetry Programme, Sunday 26th May

In the Poetry Programme on Sunday 26th May 2019 Olivia O'Leary meets poets Mary Noonan and Ciarán O’Rourke.

Mary Noonan teaches French literature at University College Cork. She won the Listowel Poetry Collection Prize in 2010 for the manuscript of her first collection, The Fado House, which was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize and the Strong/Shine Award. A limited edition pamphlet, Father, was published in 2015.   Her latest collection, Stone Girl, is published by Dedalus Press.

Mary Noonan

Ciarán O’Rourke’s debut collection, The Buried Breath, is one of the first poetry collections published by Irish Pages, which publishes a twice-yearly literary journal. Born in Dublin, he has won a number of prizes, including the Lena Maguire/Cúirt New Irish Writing Award, the Westport Poetry Prize and the Fish Poetry Prize. He has had work published in various journals, including Poetry Ireland Review, New Welsh Review, Icarus, The Stinging Fly, The Stony Thursday Book, Bogman’s Cannon, Cyphers, and Irish Pages.

Ciarán O'Rourke

Mary Noonan’s late partner, Matthew Sweeney, died in 2018, and the poem ends with a recording of Matthew reading one of his own poems from the Poetry Programme archive.

The Poetry Programme will be available to listen back to after broadcast on the RTÉ radio player.

The Poetry Programme is a Rockfinch production for RTÉ. Series Producer: Claire Cunningham.

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