Fired! Women Poets and the Canon has been a collaborative effort occurring over some months of discussion and debate. We would like to acknowledge the help and support of Eavan Boland, Rita Ann Higgins, Dr. Lucy Collins, Emma Penney, Ailbhe D’Arcy, Mary O’Donnell, Chris Allen, Jaclyn Allen, Kate Dempsey, Kimberly Campanello, Laura Loftus, Maria McManus, Moyra Donaldson, Melony Bethala, Kate O’Shea, Alex Pryce, Katie Donovan, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Nessa O’Mahony, Sarah Clancy, Elaine Feeny, Elaine Cosgrove, Fióna Bolger, Victoria Kennefick, Dr.Anne Mulhall, Barbara Smith, Gillian Hamill, Anne Tannam, Maureen Boyle, Stephanie Conn, Alice Kinsella, Paul Casey, Lia Mills, Katie Donovan, Colin Dardis (Lagan Online), Mark Andresen, and Selina Guinness. Thank you for writing, editing, suggesting and supporting this project in whatever way that you could over these months. Thank you to our northern Irish poet friends who hosted the first Fired! (Maria McManus, you did trojan work, thanks). Thanks to Bernadette Dignam who provided our site and events artwork.
We hope to use the coming year to read, share and honour those Irish women poets who have become invisible in the Irish cultural narrative and in the taught canon. Organisers can contact us here if they wish to host an event using their existent structures at regional and local level.