The Poetry Programme

The Poetry Programme

Sunday at 7.30pm

The Poetry Programme Sunday 15 December 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.

Coming up in the Poetry Programme on Sunday 6th December, at 7:30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1, Olivia O'Leary meets three emerging poets taking part in the 2020 Poetry Ireland Introductions programme: Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe, Mark Ward and Eva Griffin. 

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

Martina Evans joins Olivia O'Leary on the Poetry Programme. A Rockfinch production for RTÉ.

The Poetry Programme - Sunday 15th December 2019

Martina Evans joins presenter Olivia O’Leary to read poems old and new, and Eoin Devereux reads from a new anthology of poetry by working-class writers.

Martina Evans grew up in County Cork and trained in Dublin as a radiographer before moving to London in 1988. She is the author of eleven books of poetry and prose. She has won several awards, including the Premio Ciampi International Prize for Poetry in 2011. Burnfort, Las Vegas (Anvil Press, 2014) was shortlisted for the 2015 Irish Times Poetry Now Award. Mountainy Men, a narrative poem, was the recipient of a Grants for the Arts Award in 2015. She is a Royal Literary Fund Advisory Fellow and reviews for the Irish Times.

She joins Olivia to talk about her work and reads from her collections The Windows of Gracelands and Now We Can Talk Openly About Men, as well as from a new collection due for publication in 2020.

The Children of the Nation: An Anthology of Working People’s Poetry from Contemporary Ireland is a new anthology of poetry in both Irish and English by Irish working-class writers. Themes include class, the treatment of women, work and worklessness, poverty, violence, racism and many other social and political issues. They express suffering, exploitation and abuse, but also hope, solidarity and internationalism.

One of the central themes is homelessness, and the programme ends with a reading by one of the contributors to the anthology, Eoin Devereux, reading a poem which is a conversation between a homeless parent and child.

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.

Olivia O’Leary and Martina Evans

Eoin Devereux

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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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