The Poetry Programme

The Poetry Programme

Sunday at 7.30pm

The Poetry Programme Sunday 24 May 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

Coming up in the Poetry Programme on Sunday 29th November, at 7:30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1, we celebrate the poetry of the late Derek Mahon. With contributions from Gerald Dawe, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Sinéad Morrissey and Peter Fallon. 

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

Our poets reflect on the times we're going through. Presented by Olivia O'Leary. A Rockfinch production for RTÉ.

The Poetry Programme, Sunday 24th May

In the Poetry Programme at 7:30 pm on Sunday 24th May on RTÉ Radio 1, poets Nessa O'Mahony, Seán Lysaght, Annemarie Ní Churreáin and Pat Boran reflect on the times we’re living in, and we hear a prophetic poem from Chris Agee.

Dublin poet Nessa O’Mahony works as a freelance teacher and writer. She has published five poetry collections, most recently The Hollow Woman on the Island (Salmon Poetry, 2019). In her essay for the Poetry Programme, she wonders whether the seclusion imposed by a pandemic is the ideal setting to get on with your writing, and reads a new poem, Bás in Éireann, which is published on the website.

Nessa O'Mahony

Seán Lysaght grew up in Limerick and spent several years abroad, in Switzerland and Germany, before returning to Ireland. He now lives in Westport, County Mayo. He has published six poetry collections with The Gallery Press, most recently Selected Poems (2010) and Carnival Masks (2014). He looks back to a poem by World War 1 poet Edward Thomas for an analogy for the present pandemic and reads a new poem, A Family Album.

Seán Lysaght

Annemarie Ní Churreáin is from Donegal. In 2016, she was the recipient of a Next Generation Artists Award from the Arts Council of Ireland. Her debut collection, Bloodroot, was published by Doire Press in 2017. It reflected the sense of loss in so many Irish families over the separation of mothers and children, and she continues to explore that theme during the present lockdown. She reads a new poem, Bridget, part of a series which will be published on the website.

Annemarie Ní Churreáin

Pat Boran was born in Portlaoise and lives in Dublin. He has published more than a dozen books of poetry and prose, most recently Then Again (2019) and A Man Is Only As Good: A Pocket Selected Poems, which appeared in 2017. He is a former presenter of the Poetry Programme and is a director of Dedalus Press. His essay for the Poetry Programme could be described as a prose poem and was inspired by a walk in Howth.

Pat Boran

The programme ends with a reading by Chris Agee, who reads his prophetic 'micropoem’ There It Is from his 2018 collection Blue Sandbar Moon, published by Irish Pages Press.

Cover of Blue Sandbar Moon by Chris Agee

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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.

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