With the support of her family, Poetry Day Ireland, which takes place this Thursday 30 April, will be dedicated to the life and work of Eavan Boland. The mission of Poetry Day Ireland is to encourage everyone on the island to connect with a poem, so it's entirely fitting that we do so while celebrating the work of a trail-blazing poet whose achievements gave permission to so many who came after her – and women in particular – to pick up a pen and to articulate their experience.
We will be paying tribute to Eavan on Twitter on Poetry Day at 7pm with readings from her work and material from our archive. We encourage you to join us then and share your own tributes with us, using the hashtag #RememberingEavan. In the meantime, we encourage everyone to get involved by sharing a favourite poem written by Eavan, or a poem of hers that was new to you until only recently. We're hoping established poets will respond to this, and also emerging poets, and even fledgling poets, as Eavan, in her role as editor of Poetry Ireland Review, was hugely supportive of new voices, and gave many poets their first-ever journal publication.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis!