Stellar line-up planned for Bualadh Boston 2018, a mini festival of Irish literature in Boston

16th February 2018

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon and former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky join award-winning novelists Mary Costello, Sally Rooney and Molly McCloskey, as well as historian Alvin Jackson and Boston Globe journalist Kevin Cullen at the Harvard Club of Boston.

In the Irish language, the phrase Bualadh Bos is used to express applause. On Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd March 2018, the Irish Writers Centre, Poetry Ireland and the Consulate General of Ireland are delighted to present some of Ireland’s finest contemporary writers alongside former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky in historic Boston, for a mini festival of contemporary Irish literature. All the events take place in the Harvard Club of Boston, Back Bay and tickets are FREE. Advance booking is recommended at or

The first of Bualadh Boston 2018’s events, which takes place on Friday March 2nd at 5pm features two of the most renowned poets writing in the English language today. Awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2003 for his collection Moy Sand and Gravel, County Armagh-born Paul Muldoon was poetry editor at The New Yorker until November 2017 and was awarded The Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2017. Muldoon will be joined by Robert Pinsky, former Poet Laureate of the United States, founder of the Favorite Poem Project and recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pen American Center.

On Saturday 3rd March at 3pm the festival continues with Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen in conversation with historian Alvin Jackson about Judging Redmond and Carson: Comparative Irish Lives, Jackson’s new book on John Redmond and Edward Carson, who were perhaps the most famous Irishmen in Britain, and in the United Kingdom parliament, at the beginning of the 20th century.

Bualadh Boston 2018 concludes on Saturday 3rd March at 5pm with Mary Costello and Sally Rooney, two of Ireland’s leading new fiction authors introduced by Molly McCloskey.

Galway-born Mary Costello’s most recent novel Academy Street was shortlisted for the EU Prize for Literature and won the Irish Book of the Year in 2014. Sally Rooney is the author of Conversations with Friends and her writing has appeared in The New YorkerGranta, and elsewhere. In 2017 she was awarded The Sunday Times Young Writer Award. American author Molly McCloskey spent 25 years of her adult life in Ireland, before returning to the United States in 2014. Her most recent novel, Straying explores themes of home and was recently described by The New York Times as a “wise, discomfiting novel.”

Molly McCloskey and Mary Costello will also read in the new American Writers Museum in Chicago on Wednesday February 28th 2018. 

Bualadh Boston is presented by the Irish Writers Centre, Poetry Ireland and the Consulate General of Ireland, kindly supported by Culture Ireland, the Global Leadership Institute at Boston College, University College Dublin, and the Irish American Partnership.