The RTE Poetry Programme returns for a new season on Sunday 14th November on Radio 1 at the earlier time of 7 pm.
Vona Groarke and Annemarie Ní Churreáin join presenter Olivia O’Leary on the first programme to talk about their new collections, Link: Poet and World and The Poison Glen, while later in the series you can look forward to hearing from Tony Curtis, readings from the new Local Wonders anthology from Dedalus Press, a special visit to the Seamus Heaney Listen Now Again exhibition, and more.
Vona Groarke‘s Link: Poet and World explores the give-and-take between the contemporary lyric and our strangely troubled times. Twenty-six poems and their answering prose pieces (featuring the characters of Poet and World) consider how the news frames a poem, telling its home truths. Spiky, tender and funny, Link: Poet and World offers a new kind of poetry book, as enjoyable as it is daring, as crafty as it is skilled.
The story of the stolen or missing child sits at the heart of Annemarie Ní Churreáin‘s The Poison Glen, alongside a desire to bear witness to family loss and cultures of silence in Ireland. Weaving together landscape, history, and the compelling mythology of a Donegal site known as ‘The Poison Glen’, here are poems of grit and burning, of wildness, grace and magic, of dreaming and compassion. The collection is rooted by ‘The Foundling Crib’, a poem that dwells on a long-gone Foundling Hospital in Dublin, accompanied by poems written as responses to sites of various Irish church- and state-run institutions.
If you can’t wait until Sunday previous episodes of the RTE Poetry Programme are available to listen back to on RTÉ’s website.