These Things I Wish

Bairbre O’Hogan tells the story of the life and writing of Winifred Letts, poet, playwright and novelist.

FIRST BROADCAST: 9 June 2024 on RTÉ lyric fm

Michael Longley’s Life of Poetry

In conversation with Olivia O’Leary, and in advance of his his 85th birthday on 27th July 2024, the eminent Belfast poet Michael Longley looks back on a life of 60 years of poetry. His latest book, Ash Keys: New Selected Poetry (Cape), will be published on 25th July.

FORTHCOMING on BBC Radio 3, broadcast nightly at 21:45 from Monday 8 July to Friday 12 July 2024

A Jamaican Poet in Dublin

Jamaican poet Jason Allen-Paisant tells the story of another Jamaican poet, Ferdinand Levy, who was a student in Dublin in the 1930s and 40s and asks why his poetry has been overlooked for 80 years.

FIRST BROADCAST: BBC Radio 4: 17 March 2024

Available to listen back 17 March to 21 April 2024.

Wild Nephin

Poet Seán Lysaght explores the landscape, nature and history of north Mayo in poetry and in conversation with friends and colleagues who all have a deep relationship with this remote and beautiful part of Ireland.

FIRST BROADCAST: 22 May 2022, RTÉ lyric fm; re-broadcast 7 Jan 2024

Reflections on Lough Derg

Poet, sailor and RNLI lifeboat volunteer Eleanor Hooker explores her relationship with Lough Derg in poetry and in conversation with friends and neighbours.

FIRST BROADCAST: 29 May 2022, RTÉ lyric fm; re-broadcast 14 January 2024

From Kingstown to Dun Laoghaire

Gerald Dawe explores the social and cultural history of Dun Laoghaire, where he has lived for over 30 years, in poetry and conversation.

FIRST BROADCAST: 5 June 2022, RTÉ lyric fm; re-broadcast 21 January 2024

Writing Yourself Home

Vona Groarke meets fellow poets John McAuliffe, Martina Evans, Sinéad Morrissey and Conor O’Callaghan, who all share her experience of moving from Ireland to live and work in the UK. The programme ends with a poem by Bernard O’Donoghue.


8 October 2023, RTÉ lyric fm; re-broadcast 28 Jan 2024

A Place of Pointed Stones

Jessica Traynor writes a history in poetry of Banagher, Co. Offaly. With contributions from James Scully, David Boylan, Lisa Gardiner and Elaine Agnew, and a song performed by the pupils of St Rynagh’s National School.


15 October 2023, RTÉ lyric fm; re-broadcast 4 Feb 2024

The Salt of Something New

Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan presents a programme featuring six poets from four continents who are making their mark on the world of Irish poetry.


30 April 2023, RTÉ lyric fm; re-broadcast 11 February 2024