Online & On Air

Discover poetry online and on the airwaves on Thursday 26 April. Below you’ll find a round-up of broadcasts and online activity planned for Poetry Day Ireland this year. We’ll be updating this page as details come in, so check back regularly!

Ger Reidy & Finn Costelloe Poetry Reading

Thursday 26  April, 9.30am
Mid West Radio ( 96.1fm ) – tune in    

To celebrate Poetry Day Ireland 2018, Mayo poets Ger Reidy and Finn Costelloe/UPPBEAT, will read some of their poetry on Tommy Marren’s show on Midwest radio (96.1fm). The recording will later be circulated by Mayo Arts Service via social media. 

Claremorris Community Radio presents On Board the Poetry Surprise Tour

Thursday 26 April, 8pm (repeated on Saturday 28 April, 7pm)
Listen in on 94.6 FM, in the Claremorris area or Listen Live through the Claremorris Community Radio website at (you will need TuneIn, which can be downloaded through the website)

The Board of Claremorris Community Radio consists of seven people with very varied experiences of poetry; some of them read it, some of them write it and some of them don’t remember when they last saw a poem!

On Poetry Day Ireland, you can join the Board of the Radio when they each contribute three poems to be read and discussed. These may be poems they know and love, ones they remember fondly from the past or only discovered recently – perhaps even poems they loathe! They may be poems everyone has heard before or ones by new or little-known writers. Who knows? This is a programme of poetry surprises.

Survivors With Biros 2018    

Thursday 26 April
Online at 

What is it like to survive childhood sexual abuse and rape? Many adults across Ireland have suffered such abuse and each individual has a unique story of survival. A group of survivors will use expressive writing to produce poetry and other written pieces, working online in the days leading up to Poetry Day Ireland.

Expressive writing is writing from the personal, the emotional, from the body, mind and spirit, from experiences and memories, from all that is held within: in your own voice. It has the power to improve your mental health and well-being, with a positive effect on your relationships and place in the world around you.

The emphasis is on survivor participants choosing who they write for: for the self, for trusted other/s or for the general public. Any writing for publishing will be shared online. The course is facilitated by survivor, human rights lawyer and expressive writing facilitator, Anna Morvern.

Favourite Poems Podcast

Thursday 26 April, 10am
Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford  

Online at

A podcast of their favourite poems read by WIT Year 1 students who are studying the module 'Poetic Forms of Language', part of the BA (Hons) English programme - with Margaret O'Brien and Fiona Ennis.