The Poetry Programme

The Poetry Programme

Sunday at 7.30pm

The Poetry Programme Sunday 6 December 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 24th January, at 7:30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1, Kerry Hardie and John O'Donnell join Olivia O’Leary to read new poems inspired by nature, loss and wonder.  

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.

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

The Poetry Programme

The Poetry Programme

Olivia O'Leary is joined by three emerging poets taking part in the Poetry Ireland 2020 Introductions programme. A Rockfinch production for RTÉ.

The Poetry Programme, Sunday 6th December

In the Poetry Programme on Sunday 6th December, at 7:30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1, Olivia O'Leary meets three emerging poets taking part in the 2020 Poetry Ireland Introductions programme: Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe, Mark Ward and Eva Griffin.

Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe is a poet, pacifist and fabulist. She is the recipient of a Next Generation Artist Award in Literature from the Arts Council of Ireland, advisory board member of Ledbury Poetry Critics Ireland, and co-editor of Hold Open The Door, a commemorative anthology from the Ireland Chair of Poetry (UCD Press). Her debut poetry collection is forthcoming with Faber & Faber in July 2021. 

Mark Ward is the author of the chapbooks Circumference (Finishing Line Press, 2018) and Carcass (Seven Kitchens Press, 2020). He was Highly Commended in the 2019 Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award and in 2020 he was shortlisted for the Cúirt New Writing Prize. He is the founding editor of Impossible Archetype, an international journal of LGBTQ+ poetry, now in its fourth year.


Eva Griffin is a poet living in Dublin and a UCD graduate with an MA in Gender, Sexuality & Culture. She was chosen as a Dublin Book Festival Young Writer Delegate by the Irish Writers Centre in 2019. Her work has been published in Abridged, Anthropocene, Poethead, The Ogham Stone, and more. Her debut pamphlet Fake Hands/Real Flowers is published by Broken Sleep Books.

Olivia O'Leary talks with Nidhi, Mark and Eva about the experience of taking part in the 2020 Poetry Ireland Introductions programme, asks them what they have gained from it, and they each read two of their poems.

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The Poetry Programme is a Rockfinch production for RTÉ. Series Producer: Claire Cunningham.

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