MORE Poetry Please: Damien Molony returns to read Yeats on BBC Radio 4




Damien fans and poetry lovers are in for a special treat this Valentines weekend – our favourite actor will be back on the airwaves on Sunday, returning to read Yeats on Poetry Please for the second time.


Presented by Roger McGough and produced by Sally Heaven on BBC Radio 4, tomorrow’s broadcast will also feature poems by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Ted Hughes and Derek Walcott.

The full list of poems requested by listeners is below.

Sailing to Byzantium
By WB Yeats
From The Collected Poems of WB Yeats

The Idea of Order at Key West
By Wallace Stevens
From Wallace Stevens – Collected Poems

Verse for a Certain Dog
By Dorothy Parker
From The Collected Dorothy Parker

The Licorice Fields at Pontefract
By John Betjeman
From John Betjeman – Collected Poems

Six Men in Search of a Car
By Paul Henry
From The Brittle Sea, New and Selected Poems

A Model Railway
By Paul Henry
From The Brittle Sea, New and Selected Poems

Acts of Love
By Pam Rehm
From Small Works

Love After Love
By Derek Walcott
From Collected Poems 1948-1984

On a Portrait of Wordsworth
By Elizabeth Barrett Browning
From Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Poetical Works

The Lost Leader
By Robert Browning
From Browning – Poems Selected by W.E. Williams

Fulbright Scholars
By Ted Hughes
From Birthday Letters

Post Script
By Gillian Clarke
From A Recipe for Water

First Sight
By Philip Larkin
From The Whitsun Weddings

Rhyw ddiolchgarwch / A Time and a Place
By Menna Elfyn
From Perffaith Nam / Perfect Blemish: New & Selected Poems 1995-2007


Damien and his dulcet Irish tones delighted listeners with magical readings of W.B Yeats poems when he first appeared on the BBC Radio 4 programme in a Yeats special, in August last year.

With a wide-ranging career including theatre, television and radio, this is Damien’s fifth appearance on BBC Radio 4, having also previously performed in BBC NI radio plays Student Stories, The Hill Bachelors and The Commitments.

Since 2012, he has also given voice to short stories and poems for WordTheatre, including the award nominated poems War Reporter by Dan O’Brien and The Coal Jetty by Sinéad Morrissey at The 2013 Forward Prizes for Poetry.


Damien reads Yeats on Poetry Please, BBC Radio 4, 4.30pm Sunday 15 February.
Listen Live and on catch up here (works internationally).

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