Episode 19: UNESCO Poet Maureen Boyle, From Sion Mills to Dublin, Belfast and Strabane

Photo by Malachi O’Doherty

Today’s guest won a UNESCO medal for a book of poems in 1979 at the tender age of eighteen. She went on to study at Trinity College Dublin and for a significant period of time after leaving, she didn’t continue writing.

However, when she went back to writing poetry later – in my humble opinion, its eloquence and excellence show that her life experience married with innate talent and love for her lineage and place make it incredibly special.

Maureen is a delightful guest who rounds off the first season perfectly. We talk about a range of fascinating topics including the role of water as a creative force, the influence of place in her poetry, the deep connection with ancestral lineage and so much more.