Fired! A group of active women poets from the North and South of Ireland was formed in the summer of 2017 to address the publication of The Cambridge Companion to Irish Poets (2017). Cambridge reflects a current iteration of profound neglect in the Irish poetry canon. A conversation on previous iterations of anthological remiss and/or neglect has not been thoroughgoing enough to catalyse needed changes in how we view the place of the woman poet in the cultural narrative. Contemporary neglect was challenged through the use of a pledge of non-compliance in conferences, reviews, and events that sought to omit the woman poet. While a series of readings from the works of historical Irish women poets sought to bring awareness to the hidden poet and to her suppressed narrative.
The Fired! archive held in the RASCAL database includes digital resources centered in the development of Fired! including an archive of the original website, The Fired! Pledge, Bibliography, Critical Works Cited, group foundational documents, and external links to media-related materials and other electronic archival resources (the Internet Archive holds documentation related to Fired!). Authors included in the Fired! archives are Anne Enright, Deirdre Falvey, Sinead Gleeson, Laura Loftus, C. Murray, Alex Pryce, Lucy Collins, Moyra Donaldson, Kathy D’Arcy, Walt Hunter, Terese Svoboda, and Mary ODonnell, among others.
Recent additions to the Fired! database include Eavan Boland (1944-2020): Obituaries and tributes for Eavan Boland, Hidden Collections: The Value of Irish Literary Archives, under the headings, ‘Critical Failures’, ‘The Shape of the literary archive’, ‘Women Writers in the archive’, and ‘The living archive‘, by Lucy Collins for The Irish University Review (50), and Periodical Codes: ‘Centre’, ‘Margin’ and Gender in Poetry Ireland Review during the early 1980s” by Laura Loftus, and Why Uncomplicated Recovery Isn’t Enough: Rhoda Coghill, Her Letters, and the Fired! Movement by Kathy D’Arcy. The archives can be read at this link.
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