The Poetry Programme Saturday 29 October 2016
Olivia O’Leary explores the diverse and vibrant world of poets and poetry in The Poetry Programme on Sundays at 7:30 pm.
In the Poetry Programme on Sunday 26th May at 7:30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1 Olivia O'Leary is joined by poets Mary Noonan and Ciarán O’Rourke, and we hear a reading by Mary's late partner, Matthew Sweeney, who died last year.
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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 29th October
In the Poetry Programme on 29 October, Katie Donovan’s powerful poems of death, grief and guilt, Doireann Ní Ghríofa on poems of grief in Irish, and the neglected Irish-born poet Lola Ridge.
Katie Donovan’s powerful new collection ‘Off Duty’ (Bloodaxe) charts the years of her husband’s throat cancer and death in poems that are searingly honest about grief and guilt. Other poems celebrate the joy of motherhood and moments of family life with her children.
In her latest ‘Féith na Filíochta’ essay bilingual poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa brings us two poems which deal with grief in different ways: Vardrús Créachtaí by Caitríona Ní Chleirchín (Wardrobe of Wounds, translated by Colm Breathnach) and Ceann Bliana by Máire Mhac an tSaoi (One Year After, translated by Louis de Paor).
When the Irish-born poet Lola Ridge died in 1941 the New York Times described her as one of the leading poets of America. A new biography by Terese Svoboda, ‘Anything that burns you’ (Schnaffner Press) aims to restore the reputation of this neglected poet.
Katie Donovan (Mark Granier)
Katie Donovan, Off Duty
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Olivia O'Leary explores the diverse and vibrant world of poets and poetry. A Rockfinch production for RTÉ.