‘I began to write in an Ireland where the word “woman” and the word “poet” seemed to be in some sort of magnetic opposition to each other,’ Eavan Boland once noted. That this has changed is thanks in no small part to her.
Over a career spanning more than 50 years and a dozen collections, from 23 Poems (1962) to A Woman Without a Country (2014), Boland has blazed a trail for other poets to follow, subverting traditional ideas of womanhood and offering fresh perspectives on Irish history and myth.
Long based in the US, where she is Director of the Creative Writing Programme at Stanford University, Boland comes to Kilkenny to read from her work and reflect on a lifetime’s engagement with the power of words. Maureen Kennelly, Director of Poetry Ireland, will introduce.
one of the finest and boldest poets of the last half century"
modern Irish poetry would be unthinkable without her presence"
Irish Book Review