Lola Ridge (working title) – documentary to be broadcast as a Lyric Feature on RTÉ lyric fm in 2019.
When poet Lola Ridge died in 1941, the New York Times described her as one of the leading poets of America, but she has been largely forgotten. Born in Dublin, educated in New Zealand, she abandoned her husband to move to Australia (a move that echoed her mother’s life), and emigrated to the US at the age of 34, where she re-invented herself. She became a committed socialist and was one of the first poets to write about human rights, women’s lives, race riots and the dangers of fascism, and she believed that poetry could make a difference. She maintained a life-long interest in the country of her birth, writing poems about Jim Larkin and the Easter Rising, and her legacy can be seen in the work of today’s young, politically-committed poets, both Irish and international.
This programme will tell the story of her life and poetry.