The Poetry Programme

The Poetry Programme

Sunday at 7.30pm

The Poetry Programme Sunday 14 February 2021

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.

In the Poetry Programme on Sunday 7th March, at 7:30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1, Olivia O'Leary is joined by poets Patrick Cotter and Jessamine O’Connor.

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

Olivia O'Leary presents a programme of love poetry to mark St Valentine's Day. A Rockfinch production for RTÉ.

The Poetry Programme, Sunday 14th February

In the Poetry Programme on Sunday 14th February, at 7:30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1, a programme of love poems to mark St Valentine's Day.

Owen Roe reads Patrick Kavanagh's poem of unrequited love, On Raglan Road. Broadcast with permission of the Jonathan Williams Literary Agency.

Owen Roe

Paula McGlinchey reads Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnet 43 How Do I Love Thee?

Paula McGlinchey

Fiona Shaw and Áine Uí Cheallaigh perform the anonymous 8th century Irish poem Donal Og, with English translation by Lady Gregory, in an extract from Peace Camp. This work, which can be heard in full on the www.artichoke.uk.com website, was created by Deborah Warner, in collaboration with the Irish actor Fiona Shaw, and the soundscape is by Mel Mercier, Professor of Performing Arts at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick.

Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh reads her poem Grasse Matinée from her bilingual collection The Coast Road, published by The Gallery Press.

Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh (Credit Máire Uí Mhaicín)

We hear a recording of Seamus Heaney reading The Otter, from his 1979 collection Field Work, published by Faber & Faber. The recording is taken from the RTÉ Lannan CD box set of his Collected Poems.

Seamus Heaney (RTÉ Archives)

Paula McGlinchey reads The Good-Morrow by English writer and cleric John Donne.

Scott Findlay reads A Red, Red Rose by the Scottish poet Robert Burns. First broadcast on the Poetry Programme in 2015.

Paula McGinchey reads Carol Ann Duffy’s poem Valentine, from her New Selected Poems 1984-2004, published by Picador.

A reading in Portuguese by Marluce Lima, and in English by Owen Roe, of Sonnet of Fidelity, by the Brazilian musician and poet Vinícius de Moraes.

Owodunni Mustapha reads her poem My Happy Place, first broadcast on the Poetry Programme in June 2020.

Michael Whelan reads Always, from his collection Rules of Engagement, published by Doire Press. First broadcast on the Poetry Programme in November 2019.

A reading by the late Eavan Boland of Quarantine, from her New Selected Poems, published by Carcanet Press in 2013.

Paddy Bushe reads his poem Passage, from his collection On a Turning Wing published by Dedalus. First broadcast on the Poetry Programme in April 2019.

Katie Donovan reads her poem Falling, from her  collection Off Duty, published by Bloodaxe Books. First broadcast on the Poetry Programme in October 2016.

Simon Armitage’s poem Let me Put It This Way is from his collection Book of Matches, published by Faber & Faber. It is read by Paula McGlinchey and Owen Roe.

The programme ends with another extract from Peace Camp, with WB Yeats’ When You Are Old read by Fiona Shaw and Edna O’Brien.

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