The Poetry Programme

The Poetry Programme

Sunday at 7.30pm

The Poetry Programme Sunday 18 October 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 poetry@rte.ie, tweeting @PoetryProgRTE, or on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/RTEPoetryProgramme.

Coming up in the Poetry Programme on Sunday 25th October, at 7:30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1, poet Maria McManus joins Olivia O'Leary and we hear about a series of films by some our newest poetic voices. 

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

The Poetry Programme returns for a new series with Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and Grace Wilentz joining presenter Olivia O'Leary. A Rockfinch production for RTÉ.

The Poetry Programme, Sunday 18th October

In the Poetry Programme on Sunday 18th October, at 7:30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, former Ireland Professor of Poetry, tells presenter Olivia O'Leary about finding a number of poems on his computer after the death of her husband, Macdara Woods, in 2018. She reads two poems from 'Last Poems and Two Tales from Co. Meath’, published by Cyphers, including a short and humorous poem called ‘Schroedinger’s Cat’.

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin (credit Brian McGovern)

Gallery Press has also this year published Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin’s ‘Collected Poems’ , with poems from nine collections, the first published in 1972, and some new work, and she reads two poems, ‘Intimations’ and ‘Key-Ring’ on the programme.

We also hear Macdara himself reading one of his poems in an archive clip from 2016, when he was a guest on the Poetry Programme.

Macdara Woods

While Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin is one of Gallery Press’s most long-standing poets, Grace Wilentz is publishing her debut collection with the Press. She talks with Olivia about growing up in New York, her Jewish background, getting into poetry, and the loss of her parents when she was young.

Grace Wilentz

The programme ends by remembering Derek Mahon, who died on 1st October 2020.

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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