The Poetry Programme

The Poetry Programme

Sunday at 7.30pm

The Poetry Programme Sunday 17 November 2019

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

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

In the Poetry Programme on 24th November 2019, at 7:30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1, poets Deirdre Brennan and Tom French join presenter Olivia O’Leary at an event recorded during the summer in Emo Court, Co Laois.

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

Gerald Dawe joins Olivia O'Leary to read from his new collection and introduces us to the poetry of Ethna MacCarthy. A Rockfinch production for RTÉ.

The Poetry Programme, Sunday 17th November

In the Poetry Programme on 17th November 2019, at 7:30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1, Gerald Dawe joins presenter Olivia O’Leary to read from his new collection.

Gerald Dawe was born in Belfast and has published  has published eight collections of poetry. He has also published several volumes of essays and edited a number of anthologies of poetry and literary criticism. He was Professor of English and Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin until his retirement in 2017.

Olivia O'Leary and Gerard Dawe

The American writer Richard Ford has described his work as: ‘Serious, often grave, but inculcated with such sympathy and passion and affection that any obscurity is the enemy. It’s as if what Gerald Dawe has to tell us is so vital that clarity – such a virtue – is a moral matter’.

He talks about the importance of clarity in his poems, how he approaches writing, and reads a number of poems from his latest collection, The Last Peacock, published by The Gallery Press.

Gerald is also co-editor, with Eoin O’Brien, of the poems of Ethna MacCarthy, doctor, poet, and life-long friend of Samuel Beckett, whose work has recently been re-discovered. He tells us about the new collection of her work published by Lilliput Press and reads one of her poems.

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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