Olivia O’Leary is a broadcaster and journalist. She began writing for the Irish Times newspaper in 1978 and reported from Argentina on the Falklands War. In 1980 she became a presenter on RTÉ’s current affairs programme Today Tonight. She left to work on BBC’s Newsnight, and was made that programme’s first senior female presenter in 1985. She later returned to Today Tonight and also presented Questions and Answers and Prime Time on RTÉ. Her publications include Politicians and Other Animals (2004) and Party Animals (2006). She currently contributes a column to RTÉ Radio 1′s Drivetime and she is the presenter of The Poetry Programme on RTÉ Radio.
Olivia will be launching Unde Scribitur and the art exhibition as well as opening the Poetry Gathering on Wednesday night.