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Rick O'Shea: I'm fronting RTE's new poetry show but I'm no expert

The DJ wants to share his passion for poetry with the masses.

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RICK O’SHEA IS set to present a new poetry programme on RTÉ Radio 1, the broadcaster has announced.

The Poetry Programme, which will air weekly, will see O’Shea meet established and acclaimed Irish poets such as Eavan Boland and Paul Muldoon, and international writers such as Liz Lochhead, the National Poet for Scotland.

RTÉ said the show will explore everything from slam poetry to Yeats and introduce a new generation of poets such as Miriam Gamble, Dylan Brennan and Stephen James Smith.

Rick O’Shea, who presents a weekday show on sister station 2fm, said he’s no expert on poetry but has a real passion for it.

“I’ve been involved in arts programming on Radio 1 for quite a while as a contributor to Arena but this is going to be a great honour and a new adventure not only for me but for new listeners wanting to experience contemporary poets and their poetry.

I’ll be the first to hold my hand up and say I’m no expert on the subject, just an amateur who is passionate about the written and spoken word. To be hosting my own programme on Radio 1 for the first time is a huge thrill.

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The series will begin on Saturday, 24 January on RTÉ Radio 1 at 7.30pm.

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