The Poetry Programme

The Poetry Programme

Sunday at 7.30pm

The Poetry Programme Sunday 15 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.

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

Doireann Ní Ghríofa celebrates Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill's great lament and we have the winning poem in the Red Line Book Festival poetry competition. A Rockfinch production for RTÉ

The Poetry Programme, Sunday 15th November

In the Poetry Programme on Sunday 15th November 2020, Olivia O'Leary is joined by Doireann Ní Ghríofa to talk about her book A Ghost in the Throat, and Monica De Bhailís reads her winning poem in the Red Line Book Festival poetry competition. 

Doireann Ní Ghríofa is a bilingual writer whose books explore birth, death, desire and domesticity. Her awards include a Lannan Literary Fellowship (USA, 2018), a Seamus Heaney Fellowship (Queen’s University, 2018), the Ostana Prize (Italy, 2018), and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature (2016), among others. She is a member of Aosda´na.

Doireann Ní Gríofa by Pat Boran

A Ghost in the Throat, Doireann’s prose debut, is a fluid hybrid of essay and autofiction inspired by Eibhli´n Dubh Ni´ Chonaill’s Caoineadh Airt Ui´ Laoghaire, famously referred to by Peter Levi as 'the greatest poem written in either Ireland or Britain during the eighteenth century.’ Doireann speaks with Olivia about her new book and the challenge of writing a new English translation of Eibhli´n Dubh Ni´ Chonaill’s poem.

Monica de Bhailís

The Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition 2020 attracted hundreds of entries. Judge Peter Sirr eventually whittled them down to a shortlist of eleven, choosing Monica De Bhailís’s Survivor as the winning poem. The programme ends with a reading by Monica of her poem. 

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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