The Poetry Programme Sunday 27 October 2019
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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Series Producer: Claire Cunningham. Researcher: Adam Wyeth. Executive Producer for RTÉ: Elizabeth Laragy
The Poetry Programme, Sunday 27th October
In the Poetry Programme on 27th October 2019, at 7:30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1, Colette Bryce recalls growing up in Derry during the Troubles, and we have a reading from Belfast poet Medbh McGuckian.
Colette Bryce was born in Derry in 1970. She has published four poetry collections with Picador, most recently The Whole & Rain-domed Universe (2014), recipient of a Christopher Ewart-Biggs Award in memory of Seamus Heaney. She currently lives in Newcastle upon Tyne, where she works as a freelance writer and editor.
Colette talks with Olivia about her childhood in Derry and her memories of the Troubles and reads a number of poems that vividly recall that period. She also talks about her process when she writes poetry and the importance of the image.
The programme ends with a reading by Belfast poet Medbh McGuckian of a poem from her collection Love, the Magician, published by Arlen House. Medbh has also recently published a new collection, Marine Cloud Brightening, with The Gallery Press.
Medbh McGuckian and Olivia O'Leary
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The Poetry Programme is a Rockfinch production for RTÉ. Series Producer: Claire Cunningham.
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Olivia O'Leary explores the diverse and vibrant world of poets and poetry. A Rockfinch production for RTÉ.