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The Family of THINGS with Helen Shaw

24 EpisodesProduced by Athena Media Website

A podcast about life, one life at a time. The Family of Things is an independent podcast production, hosted by Helen Shaw, edited by John Howard and released by Athena Media. In these conversations Helen talks with guests about their life journey, what formed them, informs them and inspires them. 'I… read more


S2 E9 : Lauren Arrington (2021)

The Family of Things S2 E9 : Lauren Arrington #TheFamilyofThings

Professor Lauren Arrington is a Florida native who has made Ireland her home, and the focus of her research and writing. In this episode of The Family of Things she shares with Helen Shaw how Ireland, and its writers, drew her in, and how when she first came to study at Trinity College Dublin she thought Dublin was a big metropolis because her roots were in rural and small town Southern America.

Today she is Professor English Literature at Maynooth University and her new work 'The Poets of Rapallo' on the shadow of fascism on the lives and work of writers, including WB Yeats, is just out. In this revealing conversation Lauren shares how she gave birth to her second child, just about the day she moved to Dublin at the beginning of lockdown in 2020, and how lockdown affected her and her young family.  In her latest work 'The Poets of Rapallo' we discover how Mussolini's Italy, drew an elite group of Anglophone writers including the American poet Ezra Pound and the Irish poet and statesman WB Yeats, to the small town of Rapallo in the 1920s and 1930s. Pound and Yeats become friends and kinsmen through their wives George and Dorothy who are cousins, and while Pound becomes a committed devotee of Italy's fascist regime Lauren's research shows the deep impact and influence of it on Yeats. It's a fascinating read with revealing new insights.

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The Family of Things is an Athena Media independent podcast production. The producer and host is Helen Shaw. The digital editor is John Howard and the theme music is by Michael Gallen.

Lauren's episode marks the end of Season 2 of The Family of Things - thanks for listening! 

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