Frank Ormsby on BBC Radio Ulster
The Arts Show, BBC Radio Ulster, Tuesday 5 September 2017, 6.30pm, first broadcast Thursday 23 April 2015, 6.30pm
The Arts Show repeated their thirty-minute special with Frank Ormsby on 5 September ahead of the BBC Proms Northern Ireland this weekend, at which his work will be celebrated. This touching and very funny interview was recorded in April 2015 at the time of publication of his retrospective Goat’s Milk: New & Selected Poems. Frank read ‘Apples, Normandy, 1944’ and ‘My Criminal Record’ from Goat’s Milk.
He also read and spoke about his poems about Parkinson’s Disease, which will be published in The Darkness of Snow on 28 September 2017. He read his poem ‘Once a Day’ from that sequence, and mentioned ‘The Insulin Pen’ and ‘Side Effects (3)’.
‘Another chance to hear an Arts Show special in which Marie-Louise takes a walk around places of inspiration with Fermanagh-born poet Frank Ormsby, whose work will be celebrated in this year's BBC Proms at Castle Coole.’
Click here to listen. Available until 5 October 2017.
Poet Frank Ormsby on dealing with Parkinson's through humour. Click here to listen to this short clip.
NORTHERN IRISH TV WITH FRANK ORMSBY
The Arts Show, BBC Two: Northern Ireland, Monday 3 April 2017
The Arts Show filmed Frank Ormsby reading his poem ‘The Waterworks Park’ in the Belfast wildlife park that the poem is about. This went out in April 2017 The poem is included in his forthcoming collection The Darkness of Snow.
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[07 September 2017]