The Poetry Programme Saturday 9 April 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.
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The Poetry Programme, Saturday 9th April
In the Poetry Programme on 9 April, Rita Ann Higgins’s much-anticipated new collection, stunning readings by poet Rafiq Kathwari, and a look forward to Brendan Kennelly’s 80th birthday.
Rita Higgins is one of Ireland’s best loved contemporary poets, beloved of readers and audiences ever since she published her first collection, ‘Goddess on The Mervue Bus’, with the pioneers of Salmon Poetry way back in 1986. She joins Rick to talk about her new collection,’Tongulish’, published by Bloodaxe.
Rafiq Kathwari is the first non-Irish recipient of the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in the 44-year history of the award. Born in Kashmir, he has lived most of his adult life in New York, and now lives in Ballyoonan, County Louth. He reads from his collection ‘In Another Country’, published by Doire Press.
The programme ends with a look forward to Brendan Kennelly’s 80th birthday on 17 April, with a recording of the poet reading his poem ‘The Gift’. The recording is from the CD accompanying ‘The Essential Brendan Kennelly’, published by Bloodaxe.
Rita Ann Higgins (Credit: Jennifer A Higgins)
Rafiq Kathwari (Courtesy of Doire Press)
Brendan Kennelly (Credit: RTÉ Stills 1996)
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Olivia O'Leary explores the diverse and vibrant world of poets and poetry. A Rockfinch production for RTÉ.