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My Modest Proposal

290 years after poet, cleric and satirist Jonathan Swift made what he called ‘A Modest Proposal’ to solve the problem of poverty in Ireland, six Irish poets – Jessica Traynor, Mary O’Malley, Kevin Higgins, Sarah Clancy, Rita Ann Higgins and Nick Laird – make their own modest proposals to tackle the social inequalities of today. […]

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An Oriental Romance: Thomas Moore’s Lalla Rookh

A programme to mark the 200th anniversary in 2017 of the publication of Thomas Moore’s epic oriental poem Lalla Rookh and the music it inspired. The programme is being made in collaboration with Project ERIN, which is based at the School of Arts, English and Languages, 
Queen’s University Belfast, and will feature new performances by mezzo […]

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Crossing The Sound

Poet Gerald Dawe brings us on a poetic odyssey through the west of Ireland. To be broadcast as a Lyric Feature on RTÉ lyric fm on Sunday 22nd December at 6 pm. The programme features poems by Gerald Dawe and contributions from actor Cathy Belton, Tom Kenny of Kenny’s bookshop and gallery, journalist Judy Murphy, […]

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A Cradle Song

The story of a rare collaboration between the Irish composer Brian Boydell and American poet John Berryman. First broadcast as a Lyric Feature on Sunday 22nd March 2020 at 6 pm on RTÉ lyric fm. Re-broadcast on Sunday 2oth June 2021. Listen back on the RTÉ website: https://www.rte.ie/radio/lyricfm/the-lyric-feature/programmes/2021/0620/1229322-the-lyric-feature-sunday-20-june-2021/ Back in 1937, when both were students […]

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A Radical Life

Biographer Susan Manly explores the radical life of the Irish novelist Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849). Broadcast as a Lyric Feature on RTÉ lyric fm on 19th May 2019 at 6 pm. Repeated 24th May 2020. Why the name of Maria Edgeworth is not as well known as that of Jane Austen is a question that Susan […]

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The Miners’ Way

First broadcast BBC Radio 4, Sunday 3rd May 2020, 16:30 Repeated BBC Radio 4, Saturday 9th May 2020, 23:30 Irish poet Jane Clarke lives in Glenmalure, a remote and rugged valley in County Wicklow, Ireland. The valley marks the start of the Miners’ Way, a long-distance path developed by a local community group, traversing three […]

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Bull Island Haiku

A poetic exploration of Bull Island by poet Pat Boran. First broadcast: RTÉ lyric fm, Sunday 4th October, 2020 at 6 pm. Re-broadcast on Sunday 6th June 2021. Available as a Lyric Feature podcast on the usual platforms or to listen back to on the RTÉ website: https://www.rte.ie/radio/lyricfm/the-lyric-feature/programmes/2021/0606/1226371-the-lyric-feature-sunday-6-june-2021/ Pat Boran is an Irish poet, writer […]

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Words Lightly Spoken

Words Lightly Spoken is a podcast of poetry from Ireland. Broadcast weekly throughout 2019, 2020 and 2021. Look out for news of a new series starting in 2022. You can subscribe, and listen back to all previous episodes of the Words Lightly Spoken podcast, on: Apple Podcasts https://podcasts.apple.com/ie/podcast/words-lightly-spoken/id1449844470 Spotify https://open.spotify.com/search/results/words%20lightly%20spoken Libsyn http://wordslightlyspoken.libsyn.com/ or wherever you […]

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The Poetry Programme

Presenter Olivia O’Leary explores the diverse and vibrant world of poets and poetry in the Poetry Programme on Sundays on RTÉ Radio One. Spring series 2022: Sunday 27 March to Sunday 29 May Listen back to previous programmes. The Poetry Programme: Poems in a Pandemic, broadcast on 1st June 2020, was a finalist in the […]