Following the sudden death of the acclaimed poet Eavan Boland on Monday 27th April 2020, the Poetry Programme on RTÉ Radio 1 on Sunday 3rd May celebrates her life and work.

Eavan Boland was born in Dublin, studied in Ireland, London and New York, and published her first collection while she was still a student. She was Director of the Creative Writing Program at Stanford University in California and immensely supportive of young and emerging poets. Eavan was a pioneering figure in Irish poetry and one of the foremost voices in Irish literature.

Eavan's next, and, sadly, final collection of poetry, The Historians, is due for publication later this year by Carcanet Press. By kind permission of the publishers, Poetry Programme presenter Olivia O’Leary reads The Lamplighter, an as yet unpublished poem from that new collection.

We also listen back to an interview in 2018 when Eavan was a guest on the Poetry Programme and spoke about her poetry, the struggle of the early years, and her optimism about the current state of poetry in Ireland.

She also read a selection of her poems, including the much-loved Night Feed.

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Also in the programme, we hear a clip from her 2014 Michael Littleton Memorial Lecture, with the ironic title Has Poetry A Future?

The Poetry Programme, RTÉ Radio 1, Sundays at 7:30 pm - listen back after broadcast here.