Poet Pat Boran’s bestselling prose memoir The Invisible Prison: Scenes from an Irish Childhood is an evocative and humorous portrait of small-town Ireland in the late 1960s and early 70s. Part memoir and part social history, the book forges such a unique record of that time that historian Diarmaid Ferriter frequently draws from it in The Transformation of Ireland 1900–2000, his ground-breaking history of the twentieth century in Ireland.
The American poet Louise Glück famously wrote that “We look at the world once, in childhood. The rest is memory.” Perhaps this is why so many poets have been deeply influenced by their childhood. “They tuck you up, your mum and dad” (Adrian Mitchell’s softer take on Philp Larkin’s original line) is the title for this series of conversations featuring some of Ireland's finest writers and poets as they reflect on the often complex parent / child relationship through memoir and poetry.