Olivia O’Leary Announced as New Presenter of The Poetry Programme

23rd August 2017

For everyone who loves poetry and those who just don’t know it yet!

This autumn sees the return of The Poetry Programme with a new presenter taking the helm, journalist and broadcaster Olivia O’Leary. 

As presenter, Olivia will bring thoughtfulness, knowledge, warmth and enthusiasm to the programme, with contributors such as award winning poets Frank Ormsby, Nessa O’Mahony and Siobhan Campbell.

Olivia has a life-long love of poetry, as well as music and spending time with friends and family, poetry is just another element that brings joy to her life.

As well as experiencing poetry in quietness and solitude, Olivia has been involved in many poetry-related events over the years. On an episode of ‘The Works’ in 2015 she championed Seamus Heaney’s ‘When all the others were away at Mass’, which subsequently was chosen as A Poem for Ireland. She has contributed to Poetry Ireland’s journal Trumpet and delivered one of the Hearing Heaney lectures' in St. Patrick's, Drumcondra, which were published by the Four Courts Press, edited by Eugene McNulty and Ciaran MacMurchaidh.

Olivia O’Leary will bring thoughtfulness, her vast knowledge, warmth and enthusiasm to the programme, which is not only for those who already profess a love of poetry, but also for those who may have yet to discover how it can touch our hearts and illuminate our lives.

The new season of The Poetry Programme will be broadcast on Saturday evenings at 7:30pm on RTÉ Radio 1, starting on 9 September.