If Ever You Go, an anthology of Dublin poems, includes a rich selection of texts drawn from more than three centuries of writing in, and about, the city. Among these texts are many poems by women – some born in Ireland and some travelling there to spend time in its capital city.
These poems offer fresh perspectives on urban environments, and in particular on the relationship between the individual and the shared life of the city. Before the 1900s it was comparatively unusual for women to be linked to urban public spaces but, as these poems show, their engagement with Dublin since then has been layered with personal and social reflection.
In this talk, tiled ‘Mine by right of love’: Women Poets and the City, Dr Lucy Collins explores some poems by women published in the last one hundred years, from lesser-known figures such as Winifred Letts to contemporaries Eavan Boland and Paula Meehan.
Series edited by: Lucy Collins
General Editor: P.J. Mathews
Scholarcast original theme music by: Padhraic Egan, Michael Hussey and Sharon Hussey.
Recording, audio editing, photography and development by: John Matthews & Vincent Hoban at UCD IT Services, Media Services.