The Poetry Programme

The Poetry Programme

Saturday at 7.30pm

The Poetry Programme Monday 25 December 2017

Olivia O’Leary explores the diverse and vibrant world of poets and poetry in The Poetry Programme on Saturdays 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.

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: Clíodhna Ní Anluain.

GOOD NEWS! THE POETRY PROGRAMME, PRESENTED BY OLIVIA O'LEARY, IS RETURNING THIS SPRING FOR A RUN OF 6 PROGRAMMES OVER MARCH AND APRIL, BEGINNING ON SATURDAY 10TH MARCH 2018 AT 7.30PM ON RTÉ RADIO 1.

The Poetry Programme

The Poetry Programme

An hour of poetry, chat and music in a very special Christmas Poetry Programme, with guests including Rita Ann Higgins, Tom French and Marie Heaney. A Rockfinch production for RTÉ.

The Poetry Programme, Christmas Day 2017

An hour of poetry, conversation and music in a very special Christmas Poetry Programme, with guests including Rita Ann Higgins, Tom French and Marie Heaney.

Nithy Kasa, Cathy Belton, Tom French, Rita Ann Higgins, Marie Heaney, Olivia O Leary, (Credit Tristan Hutchinson)

Recorded before a live audience in Poetry Ireland in Dublin, the Poetry Programme brings an hour of gorgeous listening to your Christmas afternoon. Presenter Olivia O'Leary chats with guests Marie Heaney and poets Rita Ann Higgins and Tom French about their memories of Christmases past and what the season means to them, and have we readings of poems old and new, from Seamus Heaney's An Ulster Twilight to Vona Groarke's Music from Home, reflecting the joys, humour and warmth of this time of year, while not forgetting that for many it is also a time of sadness and hardship. Our readers are Cathy Belton and Nithy Kasa, while Kevin Doherty, Ciarán Tourish and James Delaney provide the music. The Christmas Poetry Programme was devised in collaboration with Poetry Ireland and is not to be missed.

Cathy Belton (Credit Tristan Hutchinson)

Kevin Doherty (Credit Tristan Hutchinson)

Nithy Kasa (Credit Tristan Hutchinson)

Presenter Olivia O'Leary looks on as Tom French gets ready to read the next poem

Presenter Olivia O'Leary

The Poetry Programme is a Rockfinch production for RTÉ. Series Producer: Claire Cunningham. Executive Producer for RTÉ: Clíodhna Ní Anluain.

About The Show

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

Music Played on the Show

The Wexford Carol

The Wexford Carol

Ciaran Tourish/Kevin Doherty/James Delaney

3:00

I Saw The Rose

I Saw The Rose

Kevin Doherty/James Delaney/Ciaran Tourish

3:05

Lucy Campbell's/The Flogging Reel

Lucy Campbell's/The Flogging Reel

Kevin Doherty/James Delaney/Ciaran Tourish

2:33

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