Radio Series RTE Radio 1 Extra


Reverberations Poetry Series

Six of Ireland’s foremost poets and spoken word artists speak about their work, and perform a poem inspired by a particular soundscape in a unique location.

Produced by Alan Meaney

Starting Monday October 9th at 6pm on RTE Radio 1 Extra. Listen live on TuneIn.

This programme is made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the Television Licence Fee.

Episode 1 – Abby Oliviera

Abby Oliveira is a performance poet/writer/performer based in Derry. She has performed poetry throughout the UK and Ireland since 2006, and has been a solo performer since 2012. She has performed at countless events and festivals, including at Lingo festival, Glastonbury, Electric Picnic, Dublin Book festival. She recently won the inaugural Lingo fest poetry slam which saw her go on to support Damien Dempsey at the London Irish Centre in 2014, she has also supported artists such as Scroobius Pip, Hollie McNish and Saul Williams. She was the 2014 and 15 Lingo festival (Dublin) poetry slam champion.

The poem ‘Patience’ was newly composed for the ‘reverberations’ series. It charts the journey from being overwhelmed with frustration and on the brink to coming back to a place of peace and patience. It was recorded on location at Ness woods and waterfall on the outskirts of Derry city. Abby also discusses her entry into poetry, her performance style and how the woods is a place of refuge for her in the programme.

Listen on Monday 9th October at 18.00 on RTE Radio 1 Extra.

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Dave Lordan Reverberations

Episode 2 – Dave Lordan

Dave Lordan performs his poem ‘Love commands the neighbourhood’ dedicated to his friend Karl Parkinson. The poem evokes the alienating and non linguistic neighbourhood noises that he experienced, living in housing estate in Co. Wicklow and the attempt to cleanse his hatred and aggression towards the area. He speaks about wining a poetry competition at the age of 12, his various books and how he feels he has expressed all he can in poetry.

Dave Lordan is a multi-genre writer, performer, editor, and pathbreaking multimedia educator with 4 acclaimed books & 20 years experience in creativity education & cultural programme design.

He is especially interested in transgenre collaboration with other artists, & in partnering with educational, cultural and media institutions to design, develop & deliver workshops, courses & programs in fields such as creative writing, contemporary literature, hybrid/multimedia literature, performance literature, creative literacy, Irish literature/culture, experimental literature, & teacher-training.

Dave has a record of success in course/workshop design & delivery at primary, secondary, undergrad, postgrad, early school leaver, gifted children, visiting university students & tour groups. Recent artistic collaborations include with Christy Moore, radio artist Bernard Clarke, maker Eamonn Crudden, & Karl Parkinson.

Listen on Monday 15th October at 18.00 on RTE Radio 1 Extra.

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