The Poetry Programme

The Poetry Programme

Sunday at 7.30pm

The Poetry Programme Sunday 21 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 explores Staying Human, an anthology of 500 poems, including many by Irish poets, with editor Neil Astley. A Rockfinch production for RTÉ.

The Poetry Programme Sunday 21st February

In the Poetry Programme on Sunday 21st February, at 7:30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1, Olivia O'Leary is joined by Neil Astley, founder of Bloodaxe Books.

Neil has edited Staying Human, the fourth volume in his series of world poetry, which contains poems by 500 poets, including a strong representation of Irish poets.

Neil Astley (credit Pamela Roberston-Pearce)

In the course of the programme we hear readings from these six contributors to the anthology:

Waterford born poet Thomas McCarthy reads Slow Food, from his collection Pandemonium, published by Carcanet.Press.

Thomas McCarthy 

The Welsh-Indian poet Tishani Doshi reads the title poem from her collection Girls are Coming out of the Woods, published by Bloodaxe Books.

Tishani Doshi (credit Adil Hasan)

British poet David Constantine reads Dominion, from his Collected Poems, published by Bloodaxe Books.

David Constantine

Irish poet Ailbhe Darcy, who now lives in Wales, reads After my Son was Born, from her collection Insistence, published by Bloodaxe Books.

British poet Wayne Holloway-Smith reads The Posh Mums are Boxing in the Square, from his collection Love Minus Love, published by Bloodaxe Books, which was shortlisted for the 2020 TS Eliot Prize.

Wayne Holloway-Smith (credit Mark Sherratt)

Pakistani-born poet Imtiaz Dharker reads her poem Chaudhri Sher Mobarik Looks at the Loch, from her collection Luck is the Hook, published by Bloodaxe Books.

Imtiaz Dharker (credit Ayesha Dharker)

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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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