Irish Radio Programmes & Podcasts

Poetry File 

Every Saturday, Poetry File broadcasts an Irish poet reading and discussing a piece of their work, as part of RTÉ Lyric FM’s Weekend Drive programme with Evelyn Grant, in association with Poetry Ireland (broadcast at approx 6pm). 
You can listen back to past Poetry File broadcasts here and also available on Spotify.

The Poetry Programme, RTÉ Radio 1, Sunday at 7pm
The Poetry Programme, presented by Olivia O’Leary, returns for a new series on Sunday 27th March, which is Mother’s Day. Olivia’s guests are Rachael Hegarty, who guards her mother’s memories in poems from her collection Dancing with Memory (Salmon Poetry), and Jessica Traynor, who explores the pleasure and pain of motherhood, reading from Pit Lullabies, her first collection with Bloodaxe Books. Coming up in later programmes, Louis de Paor reads from his new collection Grá fiar/Crooked Love, Gerald Dawe launches a special limited edition with artist John Behan, we hear from editors Maria Johnston and Conor Linnie about some of the poets featured in Irish Women Poets Rediscovered (Cork University Press) and much more.

Poetry Podcasts

Words Lightly Spoken is a weekly podcast of poetry available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and the usual platforms, as well as the Poetry Ireland website. 

Poetry Unbound is a podcast brought to you by On Being. Immerse yourself in a single poem, guided by Pádraig Ó Tuama. Short and unhurried; contemplative and energising. 

Eat the Storms is a Poetry Podcast for all poets, regardless of the stages of their career, to share their voices. Hosted and produced by Irish poet Damien B. Donnelly. Poets interested in being a guest on the show can email
The new season of podcasts begins: 30 April. Currently 58 episodes to listen back to with 300+ guests from 20+ countries.

Note Wavesis a series of five podcasts from Mayo County Council Writer in Residence Elizabeth Reapy. Contributors cover interesting topics such as Ebb, Self-Care, Resistance, Process and Flow. 

Also check out Poetry Ireland’s Soundcloud pageand the Irish Poetry Reading Archivefor lots of poems to listen to.

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