The Poetry Programme

The Poetry Programme

The Poetry Programme Sunday 2 May 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: 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

Paula Meehan joins Olivia O'Leary to talk about her collection As If By Magic, the book choice for the 2021 Bealtaine Festival. A Rockfinch production for RTÉ.

The Poetry Programme, Sunday 2nd May

In the Poetry Programme on Sunday 2nd May, at 7:30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1, Olivia O'Leary’s guest is Paula Meehan, former Ireland Professor of Poetry, who has published seven collections and won numerous awards.

Paula’s selected poems, As If By Magic (Dedalus Press), is the Book Club choice for the 2021 Bealtaine Festival, the first time a book of poetry has been chosen.

Paula Meehan

She talks about creativity, childhood memories, and shares warm memories of her family and the community where she grew up in inner city Dublin. She also reads a selection of poems, including an extract from her poem The Pattern, which is a favourite with many of her readers.

Members of the Bealtaine Writing Group have been writing their own poetry in response to Paula’s work and we also hear some of them on the programme, with contributions from Marguerite Colgan, Glenda Cimmino and Peter Clarke.

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