The Poetry Programme Sunday 17 January 2021
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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The Poetry Programme, Sunday 17th January
In the Poetry Programme on Sunday 17th January, at 7:30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1, Lynda Tavakoli is inspired by her time in the Middle East and Mícheál McCann by music. We also have a poem for life under lockdown by Nell Regan.
Lynda Tavakoli divides her time between Northern Ireland and Oman, where her Persian husband works. She has been a winner of both poetry and short story prizes and has just published her first poetry collection, The Boiling Point for Jam (Arlen House). She talks with Olivia about her experiences in the Middle East and reads poems they have inspired, and also about her family's experience of dementia.
Mícheál McCann is from Derry and is working on a PhD on Aids writing and optimism. He won the inaugural Ireland Chair of Poetry Student Prize in 2019 and is a co-editor of the commemorative anthology Hold Open The Door. Being from a musical family, and a musical city, music inevitably features in his poetry, and he joins Olivia to read from his debut pamphlet, Safe Home (Green Bottle Press).
Also on the programme we hear The Birdwatcher in Lockdown, a sonnet by Nell Regan, with an original score by cellist and composer Mary Barnecutt, one of a series of sonnets funded by an Arts Council Covid-19 grant.
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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.