Poetry Programme preview: Sarah Crossan & Natalya O’Flaherty

In The Poetry Programme on Sunday 2nd December at 7:30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1, Olivia O’Leary meets Laureate na nÓg Sarah Crossan and performance poet Natalya O’Flaherty.

Poet and novelist Sarah Crossan lived in Dublin until she was six years old, when her family emigrated to the UK. She writes YA (young adult) fiction: her books The Weight of Water and Apple and Rain were both shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal. In 2016, Sarah won the CILIP Carnegie Medal as well as the YA Book Prize, the CBI Book of the Year award and the CLiPPA Poetry Award for her novel One.

During the programme, Sarah reads from her most recent YA book, Moonrise, which is written in free verse, and we also hear from some enthusiastic readers from Coláiste Éanna in Rathfarnham in Dublin.

In May 2018, Sarah became Ireland’s fifth Laureate na nÓg and will hold the title until 2020. Her theme as Laureate is #WeAreThePoets, a two-year project inspiring young people to express themselves through poetry and verse.

Also on this week’s Poetry Programme: Natalya O’Flaherty is a young poet from Clondalkin in Dublin. She joins Olivia and Sarah to talk about her experience of poetry at school and how she got involved in first writing, and then performing, her own work.