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Ian Sansom on the contemporary poetry scene emerging in Northern Ireland.

A wet autumn evening in Belfast's Botanic Avenue and people are mingling in a bookshop, ahead of the launch of a new poetry collection by one of the writers who is emerging on Northern Ireland's literary scene. Eoghan Walls' work is fresh, energetic and dynamic. He and his contemporaries might be described as the 'New Group'.

The original so-called 'Group' consisted of Derek Mahon, Seamus Heaney and Michael Longley, who got together at Queen's University in Belfast in the mid-1960s. Unsurprisingly there is a link between the old and the new - the place where many of the 'new' generation of poets congregate is the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen's.

In The New Group, Ian Sansom, creative writing lecturer at the Seamus Heaney Centre, leads us through Belfast's poetry scene, meeting the men and women who gather each week in cafés, bars and reading groups to share their work.

Presenter: Ian Sansom

Producer: Claire Burgoyne.

Ian Sansom leads listeners through Belfast's new poetry scene, meeting the men and women who gather each week at cafés, bars and reading groups to share their work.

The original 'Group' consisted of Derek Mahon, Seamus Heaney and Michael Longley, who got together at Queen's University in Belfast in the mid-1960s. Unsurprisingly there is a link between the old and the new - the place where many of the 'new' group congregate is the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen's.

2012072220120728

Ian Sansom on the contemporary poetry scene emerging in Northern Ireland.

Ian Sansom leads listeners through Belfast's new poetry scene, meeting the men and women who gather each week at cafés, bars and reading groups to share their work.