The Poetry Programme

The Poetry Programme

Sunday at 7.30pm

The Poetry Programme Sunday 25 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 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

Poet Maria McManus joins Olivia O'Leary and we hear about a series of films by some our newest poetic voices. A Rockfinch production for RTÉ.

The Poetry Programme, Sunday 25th October

Maria McManus is a poet and playwright. The powerful poems in her collection Available Light (Arlen House) feature birds and the art of augury, and she talks with Olivia about the ideas behind the poems and reads from some of them.

Maria is also the director of the Poetry JukeBox project, which brings poetry to the street, where people can stop and listen to a poem.

Maria McManus

From their home in Hawaii, Peter and Cathy Halstead, founders of the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation, talk with Olivia about working in collaboration with Poetry Ireland to commission a series of filmed readings by some of our newest poetic voices. We hear a poem by Nithy Kasa, one of the contributors to the film series, and also a poem by Peter Halstead himself.

Peter & Cathy Halstead

Nithy Kasa

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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