The Poetry Programme

The Poetry Programme

Sunday at 7.30pm

The Poetry Programme Sunday 28 March 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.

Coming up in the Poetry Programme on Sunday 18th April, at 7:30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1, a new collection from Martina Evans, and readings by Kate Ennals and Kevin O'Farrell.

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

UK Poet Laureate Simon Armitage joins Olivia O'Leary on the Poetry Programme. A Rockfinch production for RTÉ.

The Poetry Programme, Sunday 28th March

In the Poetry Programme on Sunday 28th March, at 7:30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1, UK Poet Laureate Simon Armitage and a lockdown poem from Stephen James Smith. 

Simon Armitage is the current UK Poet Laureate.  He was born and still lives in West Yorkshire and is Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds.  He has been Professor of Poetry at Oxford and visiting Professor of Poetry at Princeton. He has published over a dozen poetry collections and numerous pamphlets, and won endless prizes.

Simon Armitage (credit Peter James Millson)

He joins Olivia to talk about his role as Poet Laureate and reads a poem written in his official capacity that reflects on the pandemic. He also talks about his beloved Yorkshire and reads a selection of poems from his most recent collection, Magnetic Field, published by Faber and Faber.

The programme ends with a poem by Stephen James Smith, Collectively Counting, which recalls our first experience of lockdown a year ago. The video that accompanies the poem was made in association with First Fortnight, Ireland's Mental Health Festival, and supported by the HSE as part of Connecting for Life, Ireland’s National Strategy to Reduce Suicide. The accompanying music is by Gareth Quinn Redmond, with Conor J. O’Brien on trumpet.

Stephen James Smith

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About The Show

Olivia O'Leary explores the diverse and vibrant world of poets and poetry. A Rockfinch production for RTÉ.

Music Played on the Show

Take Five

Take Five

Dave Brubeck

0:20

Collectively Counting

Collectively Counting

Gareth Quinn Redmond/Conor J O'Brien

3:50

Take Five

Take Five

Dave Brubeck

0:20

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