A new audio presentation of Eavan Boland’s poetry and prose has been launched by composer and producer, Colm Ó Foghlú, and is hosted by Poetry Ireland on its Soundcloud page for streaming and/or download.
Colm initially collaborated with Eavan on Inscribed ten years ago and recently completed this reimagined audio version. A public release had been in the works prior to Eavan’s death on 27 April, and it is now released with a great deal of poignancy after her passing.
Through words and music, Inscribed explores the ways in which we find ourselves in different environments and roles throughout the course of our lives: from daughter to exile to urbanite, from rural to suburb to mother. By surrounding the poems with the autobiographical details that inspired them, Eavan’s words resonate - the silences become a fundamental testimony, the absences become an essential memorial.
Actress Geraldine Plunkett, who is well known as a theatre actress and for her work on Glenroe and Fair City, provides the lead voice performance for Eavan’s work. Joining Geraldine are Ken Edge (saxophone), Noeleen O'Donoghue (harp), Avril Carey (voice) and The Dublin String Quartet.
Inscribed was conceived, composed and produced by Colm Ó Foghlú. It was completed during his period as Artist in Residence in the School of Arts Education & Movement, DCU Institute of Education, Drumcondra, with support from The Arts Council / An Comhairle Ealaíon.
It is available to stream or download from the Poetry Ireland Soundcloud page - https://soundcloud.com/poetryireland/inscribed