The Poetry Programme

The Poetry Programme

Sunday at 7.30pm

The Poetry Programme Sunday 1 November 2020

Olivia O’Leary explores the diverse and vibrant world of poets and poetry in The Poetry Programme on Sundays at 7:30 pm.

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Coming up in the Poetry Programme on Sunday 9th May, at 7:30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1, Olivia O'Leary’s guests are Leontia Flynn and Matthew Geden.

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The Poetry Programme: For everyone who loves poetry. And those who just don’t know it yet.

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Series Producer: Claire Cunningham. Researcher: Adam Wyeth. Executive Producer for RTÉ: Elizabeth Laragy

The Poetry Programme

The Poetry Programme

Poets Maeve O'Sullivan, David J Kelly and Orla Grant-Donoghue joint Olivia O'Leary to share their love of haiku. A Rockfinch production for RTÉ.

The Poetry Programme, Sunday 1st November

Poets Maeve O'Sullivan, David J Kelly and Orla Grant-Donoghue talk with Olivia O’Leary about writing haiku, and David Murphy reads from his debut collection.

Dubliner Maeve O'Sullivan's poetry and haikai have been widely published, awarded and anthologised over the last twenty years, and have been translated into ten languages. Maeve is the author of four collections from Alba Publishing: Initial Response (2011), Vocal Chords (2014), A Train Hurtles West (2015) and Elsewhere (2017), with a fifth forthcoming in 2021. Maeve is a founder member of the Hibernian Poetry Workshop, performs with the Poetry Divas spoken word collective, reviews for a number of publications, and leads workshops in haiku and related forms. 

Maeve O'Sullivan

David J Kelly was awarded a PhD in Zoology from Trinity College Dublin in 2001, and his recent working career has been as an ecologist. He started writing 5-7-5 haiku in 2009. He has had a lot of work published in journals (print and online), and his first collection, Hammerscale from the Thrush's Anvil, was published by Alba Publishing in 2016. His second collection, Small Hadron Collider, was published by Red Moon Press in 2020. He reads a selection of haiku on the programme, including work originally pubished in Frogpond 38.3 and 43.2, Blithe Spirit 23.4, Bottle Rockets #34, Chrysanthemum #20, Cattails Sept 2016, leaf-fall 1.2, and Wales Haiku Journal Autumn 2019.

David J Kelly

Orla Grant-Donoghue is from Dublin. She has a PhD in Chemistry from University College Dublin, where she works as a science communicator. Her first collection,
The Frayed Heart, was published by Fiery Arrow Press in 2018. Theo Dorgan said of it: "To track the robust vicissitudes of love and loss in a form delicate as the haiku is to court considerable risk. That these poems win convincingly through to hope is a testament as much to the craft skills of the poet as to her fine sensibility and her faith in the resilience of the heart." Her second collection,
Fragments, was published by Bluefoot Press in 2019. 

Cork-born David Murphy has lived north of Dublin for more than forty years. Formerly a teacher, gave up the day job in 2003 to write full-time. Best known as a writer of science fiction and fantasy, he published his debut poetry collection, Drowning in the Desert, in May 2020 with Limerick's Revival Press.

David Murphy

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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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