The Poetry Programme

The Poetry Programme

Sunday at 7.30pm

The Poetry Programme Sunday 25 April 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 16th May, at 7:30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1, Olivia O'Leary’s guests are Cork poet John Fitzgerald and Ireland Professor of Poetry Frank Ormsby.

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.

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

The Poetry Programme

The Poetry Programme

Memories of school from poet James Harpur and news of Poetry Day Ireland. A Rockfinch production for RTÉ.

The Poetry Programme, Sunday 25th April

In the Poetry Programme on Sunday 25th April, at 7:30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1, a new collection from James Harpur, and Niamh O'Donnell, Director of Poetry Ireland, previews Poetry Day Ireland 2021.

James Harpur is a multi-award-winning poet. His 2018 collection, The White Silhouette, was an Irish Times Book of the Year, while his 2012 collection, Angels and Harvesters, was a PBS Recommendation and shortlisted for the 2013 Irish Times Award. His new collection, The Examined Life, published by Two Rivers Press, has already won the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize. The poems in the collection vividly recall his time at boarding school in Surrey in the 1970s.

James Harpur (credit Dino Ignani)

Poetry Day Ireland 2021 takes place this year on Thursday 29th April, and the Director of Poetry Ireland, Niamh O’Donnell, joins Olivia to give a flavour of some of the events we can look forward to. As in 2020, the events are online and all details can be found at www.poetryday.ie. Niamh also reads a favourite poem by Eavan Boland to mark the first anniversary of Eavan’s death in April 2020.

Niamh O'Donnell (credit Ste Murphy)

As part of the events to mark Poetry Day, Poetry Ireland have made a series of videos and we hear Dara McAnulty, author of the best-selling Diary of a Young Naturalist, reading Seamus Heaney’s poem Personal Helicon from his 1966 collection Death of a Naturalist (Faber and Faber).

Dara McAnulty

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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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