The Poetry Programme

The Poetry Programme

Sunday at 7.30pm

The Poetry Programme Sunday 20 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.

A Rockfinch production for RTÉ.

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

The Poetry Programme

The Poetry Programme

Poets celebrate their mentors and the pandemic inspires new poetry. A Rockfinch production for RTÉ.

The Poetry Programme, Sunday 20th December

In the Poetry Programme on Sunday 20th December at 7 pm on RTÉ Radio 1, younger poets pay tribute to their mentors, and the pandemic inspires new poems. 

Hold Open The Door is an anthology from the Ireland Chair of Poetry, published to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Seamus Heaney's Nobel Prize. Edited by four recipients of the Ireland Chair of Poetry Student Award, it includes essays and poems in tribute to the work of renowned poets, including Seamus Heaney, Paula Meehan, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and Denis O’Driscoll.  

Hold Open The Door cover

Two contributors to the anthology, Lynn Harding and Julie Morrissy, join Olivia to talk about their mentors (Eavan Boland and Harry Clifton respectively) and read the poems which they have written in tribute to them.

Lynn Harding

Julie Morrisy (credit James Brady)

Covid-19 has dominated all our lives this year, and Olivia also hears from Patrick Cotter, editor of Poems from Pandemia, an anthology of poems by established and emerging poets from across the English-speaking world. He reads three poems from the anthology, from poets Greg Rappleye, Sighle Meehan and Tom Bailey.

Pandemia cover

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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