The Poetry Programme

The Poetry Programme

Sunday at 7.30pm

The Poetry Programme Sunday 29 March 2020

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, tweeting @PoetryProgRTE, or on our Facebook page

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's guests are Paul Perry and Poetry Ireland Poet in Residence Catherine Ann Cullen. A Rockfinch production for RTÉ.

The Poetry Programme, Sunday 29th March

In the Poetry Programme on Sunday 29th March Olivia O'Leary meets poets Paul Perry and Catherine Ann Cullen, and we have a poem from Seamus Heaney appropriate for the times we’re living through.

Catherine Ann Cullen is an award-winning poet, children’s writer and songwriter, and a recipient of the Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship for Poetry 2018/19. Her three poetry collections are?The Other Now: New and Selected Poems?(Dedalus Press 2016),?Strange Familiar?(Doghouse 2013) and A Bone in My Throat?(Doghouse 2007).

Catherine Ann Cullen & Olivia O'Leary

Catherine Ann is also the inaugural Poetry Ireland Poet in Residence. She tells Olivia about her role and we hear how she gets on on a visit to St Audeon’s National School in Dublin. She also reads a new poem (for adults) inspired by stories of inner city Dublin.

Paul Perry was born in Dublin and lived for several years in the United States, where he studied at Brown University. American experience, both lived and literary, has impacted his work significantly. He currently works as a Professor in Creative Writing at University College Dublin where he directs the BA in English with Creative Writing.

Paul Perry & Olivia O'Leary

Paul is an award-winning and critically acclaimed poet of five full collections of poetry, including Gunpowder Valentine: New and Selected Poems (Dedalus Press).  He reads from that collection and from his latest pamphlet, The Ghosts of Barnacullia (above/ground press), and he also reads some brand new work due to be published in Blindsight (also above/ground press) in 2020.

The programme ends with an archive recording of Seamus Heaney reading his poem Glanmore Revisited 1: Scrabble (from the collection Seeing Things, published by Faber & Faber, and the CD set Collected Poems, launched by RTÉ), an appropriate poem for the way we are living during the Coronavirus crisis.

Seamus Heaney (Credit RTÉ Photographic Archive)

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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