The Poetry Programme

The Poetry Programme

Sunday at 7.30pm

The Poetry Programme Sunday 22 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

Polina Cosgrave and Linda McKenna are Olivia O'Leary's guests on this week's Poetry Programme. A Rockfinch production for RTÉ.

The Poetry Programme, Sunday 22nd November

In the Poetry Programme on Sunday 22nd November 2020, at 7:30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1, Olivia O'Leary meets poets Polina Cosgrave and Linda McKenna, who have both published their debut collections. 

Polina Cosgrave was born in Volgograd, Russia, where she earned a degree in Linguistics. Her writing in Russian was featured on Russian radio and websites. She moved to Dublin in 2016 to study literature and got her MFA in American College Dublin, where she was also rewarded The Board of Trustees medal. Her poetry in English has appeared in print and on radio, and was featured in the Writing Home: The 'New Irish’ Poets anthology. (Dedalus Press, 2019). Polina has taken part in Bray Literary Festival, Arts in Action NUI Galway and Mother Tongues Festival. She lives in Arklow with her family.

Polina joins Olivia O’Leary to talk about her Russian, coming to grips with how English is spoken in Ireland, and reads from her debut collection, My Name Is (Dedalus Press).

Polina Cosgrave

Linda McKenna was brought up in Kinsealy in north County Dublin and educated at Malahide Community School, Trinity College Dublin and the University of Leicester. Following six years spent working in Leicester, she moved to Northern Ireland in 1993, and has lived in Downpatrick for over twenty years. Linda began writing in 2015 and has had poems published in a variety of journals. In 2018 she won the Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing and the Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition. The title poem of her debut collection, In the Museum of Misremembered Things, has been shortlisted for the Listowel Writers’ Week Poem of the Year 2020. (Winner announced 25th November 2020.)

Linda McKenna

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