Please join us to celebrate the launch of the final collection of poetry from the late Eavan Boland. The evening will be hosted by poet and academic, John McAuliffe, who will be joined by her UK publisher, Michael Schmidt, and one of the leading authorities on the poetry of Eavan Boland, Jody Allen-Randolph. There will be special guest readings from Eavan's daughters, Sarah and Eeavan Casey, poet Malika Booker, Maureen Kennelly of Arts Council Ireland and writer Colm Tóibín. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions. We will also be showing extracts of the text during the reading so that you can read along.
Throughout her nearly sixty-year career, acclaimed poet Eavan Boland came to be known for her exquisite ability to weave myth, history, and the life of an ordinary woman into mesmerizing poetry. She was an essential voice in both feminist and Irish literature, praised for her 'edgy precision, an uncanny sympathy and warmth, an unsettling sense of history' ( J.D. McClatchy). Her final volume, The Historians, is the culmination of her signature themes, exploring the ways in which the hidden, sometimes all-but-erased stories of women's lives can powerfully revise our sense of the past.
Born in Dublin in 1944, Eavan Boland studied in Ireland, London and New York. Her first book was published in 1967. She was Mabury Knapp Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University, California. A pioneering figure in Irish poetry, Boland's poems and essays appeared in magazines such as The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Kenyon Review and American Poetry Review. She was a regular reviewer for the Irish Times. She divided her time between California and Dublin where she lived with her husband, the novelist Kevin Casey. Eavan died in Dublin on 27th April 2020.
Registration for this online event will cost £2, later redeemable against the cost of the book. All attendees will receive the discount code and how to purchase the book during and after event.