The Poetry Programme

The Poetry Programme

Sunday at 7.30pm

The Poetry Programme Sunday 24 November 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.

A special hour-long Christmas Poetry Programme from Kilkenny Castle will be broadcast at 7 pm on Christmas Day on RTÉ Radio 1.

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. Executive Producer for RTÉ: Elizabeth Laragy

The Poetry Programme

The Poetry Programme

Deirdre Brennan and Tom French join Olivia O'Leary at an event recorded before an audience at Emo Court in Co Laois. A Rockfinch production for RTÉ.

The Poetry Programme, Sunday 24th November

In the Poetry Programme on 24th November 2019, at 7:30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1, poets Deirdre Brennan and Tom French join presenter Olivia O’Leary at an event recorded during the summer in Emo Court, Co Laois.

Deirdre Brennan is a bilingual poet, also writes short stories and drama, and is a founder member of Éigse Cheatharlach. She talks with Olivia about writing in Irish, recalls meeting Peig Sayers, and reads some of her work in both Irish and English. She has published work with Arlen House and Coiscéim.

Deirdre Brennan

Tom French was born in Kilkenny and raised across the border in Tipperary. His first collection, Touching the Bones (Gallery Press, 2001), was awarded the Forward Prize for First Collection 2002. The Gallery Press has also published his subsequent collections, including his latest collection, The Last Straw, which was published in February 2018.

Tom French and Olivia O'Leary

In July 2019, Deirdre and Tom joined Olivia O’Leary at Emo Court in Co Laois to take part in the Heart of Summer series of events, organised by Poetry Ireland and the Office of Public Works. In this episode of the Poetry Programme, we bring you part of that evening’s performance.

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.

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

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