The Poetry Programme

The Poetry Programme

Sunday at 7.30pm

The Poetry Programme Sunday 24 March 2019

Olivia O’Leary explores the diverse and vibrant world of poets and poetry in The Poetry Programme on Sundays at 7:30 pm.

The new series of the Poetry Programme starts on Sunday 24th March at 7:30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1 when Rita Ann Higgins joins Olivia O'Leary to talk about her latest book of essays and poems: Our Killer City, isms, chisms, chasms and schisms.

Until then, our previous shows are available to listen back to in the archive. (Top right.)

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

The inimitable Rita Ann Higgins joins Olivia O'Leary to read from her latest book in the first of a new series of the Poetry Programme. A Rockfinch production for RTÉ.

The Poetry Programme, Sunday 24th March

In the Poetry Programme at 7:30 pm on Sunday 24th March on RTÉ Radio 1 Olivia O’Leary meets the inimitable Rita Ann Higgins, and Laurence O’Dwyer reads from his debut collection.

Gerard Smyth has said of Rita Ann Higgins that, ‘She is (…) both jocular and jugular, two traits that combine to make her a singular voice in Irish poetry.’ She was born in 1955 in Galway, where she still resides. She left school at 14, and was in her late 20s when she started writing poetry. She has published five poetry collections with Salmon Poetry and five with Bloodaxe Books.

Rita Ann Higgins

Rita Ann joins Olivia to read from her latest book of essays and poems, Our Killer City – isms, chisms, chasms and schisms, published by Salmon Poetry.

Laurence O’Dwyer is an Irish writer and scholar. He is also an endurance runner and inveterate traveller, and the poems in his debut collection, Tractography, published by Templar Poetry, bring the reader to many different countries. The collection has been shortlisted for the 2019 Strong/Shine Award.

Laurence O'Dwyer and Olivia O'Leary

The Poetry Programme is 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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Olivia O'Leary explores the diverse and vibrant world of poets and poetry. A Rockfinch production for RTÉ.

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