The Poetry Programme Saturday 23 September 2017
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. Researcher: Adam Wyeth. Executive Producer for RTÉ: Elizabeth Laragy
The Poetry Programme, Saturday 23rd September
Siobhán Campbell and Nessa O’Mahony join Olivia O’Leary to talk about their own poetry and the role of Eavan Boland, and we have a poem from the young Northern Ireland poet Susannah Dickey.
Siobhán Campbell and Nessa O’Mahony, co-editors of Eavan Boland: Inside History (Arlen House), talk about the ground-breaking role of Eavan Boland and, at a time when many people only learn about Greek and Roman gods from The Simpsons or superhero movies, they discuss the continuing importance of ancient myths for poets writing today.
Olivia O'Leary, Siobhán Campbell & Nessa O'Mahony
Nessa reads from her collection Her Father’s Daughter (Salmon Poetry) and a forthcoming anthology, which she is co-editing, of poetry by Irish, British, Australian and New Zealand poets in response to the 2,000th anniversary of Ovid's death, Metamorphic: 21st century poets respond to Ovid (Recent Work Press).
Siobhán reads from her 2017 collection Heat Signature (Seren Books), pondering why islanders don’t kiss hello.
To end the show, Susannah Dickey reads her prose poem It’s easy to think someone’s beautiful once they are dead from her pamphlet I had some very slight concerns (The Lifeboat).
Olivia O'Leary & Susannah Dickey
About The Show
Olivia O'Leary explores the diverse and vibrant world of poets and poetry. A Rockfinch production for RTÉ.