The Poetry Programme Saturday 5 November 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 5th November
On 5 November, the poetic side of Ernest Shackleton, poetry at Galway University Hospital, and Patrick Chapman brings science fiction into poetry.
Much has been written about Ernest Shackleton, the Polar explorer and inspirational leader who helped introduce the world to the Antarctic at the start of the 20th century. Very little, however, has been written about Shackleton’s passion for poetry, both reading and writing it. Jim Mayer joins Rick to talk about his book ‘Shackleton: A life in Poetry’ (Signal Books), a new biography that reveals this poetic side of one of the greatest explorers of our times.
Since 2004, poets who have featured at the Cuirt International Literary Festival in Galway have been invited to select a series of poems that are displayed in the corridors and wards of Galway University Hospital. These poems are meant to inspire, comfort and console not only the residents and visitors to the hospital but also the people who work there. Julien Clancy speaks with the person who helps drive the scheme, Margaret Flannery, Arts Officer with Galway University Hospital, and Writer in Residence Kevin Higgins about the power of words in hospitals.
In a twenty-five year literary career Patrick Chapman has written successfully in many genres, including short film, short fiction, and children’s TV. He joins Rick to talk about his first love – poetry - and to read from his collection ‘Slow Clocks of Decay’ (Salmon Poetry). His poems explore themes of love, religion and, more unusually, science fiction.
The programme ends with a reading of ‘Damascus’ from Seamus Hogan’s collection ‘Grey Smoke Against a Grey Sky’ (Eblana Press).
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Olivia O'Leary explores the diverse and vibrant world of poets and poetry. A Rockfinch production for RTÉ.