Poem of the Week S01 E07: Outside History by Eavan Boland, read by Lorraine Harton

Eavan Boland

Eavan Boland is of such a stature that her work has been quoted on the international stage by figures such as Barack Obama and our own Bertie Ahern. However, a whole host of new readers have started to read her work as she has begun to feature prominently on the Irish Leaving Cert. Filmmaker and teacher, Lorraine Harton joined me in studio to discuss Boland, feminism and the merits of the Irish education system.


Poem of the Week invites you to listen to contributors recite some of their favorite poems and talk about what these poems mean to them. Presented by Morgan O’Reilly, this podcast series, originally broadcast on Near FM 2017/18, features some of Ireland’s most exciting new voices such as Jessica Traynor, Kate Dempsey, Kenneth Nolan and Alan Jude Moore alongside local people and community activists from the North Dublin area, this series offers a unique and diverse range of contributors.

Each week the featured poem will also commemorate a significant date in the calendar year fostering new and challenging perspectives into poems you thought you knew. The poems have been selected with the advice and support of Ireland’s former Professor of Poetry, Paula Meehan.