The Poetry Programme

The Poetry Programme

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The Poetry Programme Sunday 29 November 2020

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

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Coming up in the Poetry Programme on Sunday 6th December, at 7:30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1, Olivia O'Leary meets three emerging poets taking part in the 2020 Poetry Ireland Introductions programme: Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe, Mark Ward and Eva Griffin. 

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.

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The Poetry Programme

The Poetry Programme

The Poetry Programme pays tribute to Derek Mahon, who died in October. A Rockfinch production for RTÉ.

The Poetry Programme on Sunday 29th November, at 7:30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1, celebrates the poetry of the late Derek Mahon. With contributions from Gerald Dawe, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Sinéad Morrissey and Peter Fallon.

Derek Mahon Credit John Minihan

Derek Mahon was born in Belfast in 1941. A member of Aosdána, he received numerous awards including the Irish Academy of Letters Award, the Scott Moncrieff Translation Prize, and Lannan and Guggenheim Fellowships. In recognition of his 'lifetime's achievement' Derek Mahon received the David Cohen Prize for Literature in 2007. He published many works with The Gallery Press including the collection Washing Up, published on 29 October 2020. 

Cover of Washing Up

Derek Mahon and Peter Fallon Credit Suella Holland

Derek Mahon died at home in Kinsale, County Cork, on 2 October 2020.

In this programme, four poets speak of their admiration of Derek Mahon’s work. Fellow Belfast poets Gerald Dawe and Sinéad Morrissey, and former Ireland Chair of Poetry Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, read short essays , while Peter Fallon reads an extract from the eulogy which he delivered at Derek Mahon’s funeral.

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin Credit Aurelio Stoppini

Gerald Dawe

Sinéad Morrissey

We also hear recordings of Derek Mahon reading his own poems from the CD set Derek Mahon – Open Air – Selected Poems 1960-2005, issued by Claddagh Records.

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