The Poetry Programme

The Poetry Programme

Sunday at 7.30pm

The Poetry Programme Sunday 7 April 2019

Olivia O’Leary explores the diverse and vibrant world of poets and poetry in The Poetry Programme on Sundays at 7:30 pm.

You can contact the Poetry Programme by emailing poetry@rte.ie, tweeting @PoetryProgRTE, or on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/RTEPoetryProgramme.

The spring 2020 series of the Poetry Programme has now ended. The programme will return for a new series in the autumn. 

You can also listen back to all previous programmes in the Programme Archive (see above right).

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

The Poetry Programme

Olivia O'Leary meets poets Maureen Boyle and Ruth Carr and hears about a call for submissions to a new anthology. A Rockfinch production for RTÉ.

The Poetry Programme, Sunday 7th April

In the Poetry Programme at 7:30 pm on Sunday 7th April on RTÉ Radio 1 Northern Ireland poets Maureen Boyle and Ruth Carr join Olivia O’Leary to talk about their work, and Chiamaka Enyi Amadi tells us about a call for submissions for a new anthology. 

Maureen Boyle lives in Belfast.  She began writing as a child in Sion Mills, County Tyrone, winning a UNESCO medal for a book of poems in 1979 at eighteen. She joins Olivia to read from her long poem The Nunwell Letter, published in the spring 2019 volume of Poetry Ireland Review, and from her new collection The Work of a Winter, published by Arlen House. The Work of a Winter was recently shortlisted for the Shine Strong Award.

Maureen Boyle & Ruth Carr

Ruth Carr was born in Belfast where she lives and works as a freelance tutor and editor, concerned with raising the profile of women in literature. In 1985 she edited The Female Line, the first anthology of women’s writing to come out of Northern Ireland. She reads from her new collection Feather and Bone (Arlen House) to read poems based on the lives of Mary Ann McCracken and Dorothy Wordsworth.

Chiamaka Enyi Amadi, who was born in Nigeria and has lived in Ireland since she was ten, joins Olivia to read one of her own poems and tell us about a call by Dedalus Press for submissions  for an anthology which will be called ‘Writing Home: The ‘New Irish’ Poets’.

Chiamaka Enyi & Olivia O'Leary

The Poetry Programme is available to listen back to after broadcast on the RTÉ radio player.

The Poetry Programme is a Rockfinch production for RTÉ. Series Producer: Claire Cunningham.

About The Show

Olivia O'Leary explores the diverse and vibrant world of poets and poetry. A Rockfinch production for RTÉ.

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