The Poetry Programme Saturday 6 February 2016
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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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, Saturday 6th February
In the first of her ‘Féith na Filíochta’ essays for the 2016 series of The Poetry Programme, bilingual poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa considers how poetry deals with grief and brings us two Irish poems by Caitlín Maude and Liam Ó Muirthile in their original form and in translation.
Scottish poet Douglas Dunn has also written powerfully about grief. He speaks with Rick and reads from his 1985 collection ‘Elegies’, written following the death of his first wife, and some more recent work.
When Dave Lordan sent his poem about bullying, ‘Because I’m Human’, out into the world, he had little idea where it was going to end up. As he says, ‘It’s the most useful poem I’ve ever written.’
Douglas Dunn (Courtesy of Faber & Faber)
Doireann Ní Ghríofa (Credit Tim Keane)
Still from the video of Dave Lordan’s poem ‘Because I’m Human’
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Olivia O'Leary explores the diverse and vibrant world of poets and poetry. A Rockfinch production for RTÉ.