The Poetry Programme Saturday 30 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.
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The Poetry Programme, Saturday 30th September
Frank Ormsby joins Olivia O’Leary to talk about his new collection and Luke Kennard champions the prose poem.
Born in 1947 in Co. Fermanagh, Frank Ormsby lives in Belfast and was Head of English at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution until his retirement in 2010. He has been a central figure in the poetry of Northern Ireland for the past forty years, editing The Honest Ulsterman from 1969 to 1989. He joins presenter Olivia O’Leary to talk about his views on poetry – he prefers poems to be accessible – and to read from his new collection, The Darkness of Snow (Bloodaxe). Poems in the collection range from vignettes of his childhood, to musings on impressionist paintings, to attempts to deal with the onset of Parkinson’s Disease with black humour.
Olivia with Frank Ormsby
Luke Kennard is a poet, critic, novelist and a senior lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham. His fifth collection of poetry, Cain (Penned in the Margins), was shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize 2017. He joins Olivia to champion the prose poem and reads one of his own, the very amusing My Friend, from his collection The Migraine Hotel (Salt Publishing), which begins: ‘My friend, your irresponsibility and your unhappiness delight me. Your financial problems and your expanding waist-line are a constant source of relief. I am so happy you drink more than I do and that you don’t seem to enjoy it as much…’
Olivia and Luke Kennard
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Olivia O'Leary explores the diverse and vibrant world of poets and poetry. A Rockfinch production for RTÉ.