Johanna Boal on Radio Humberside

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Poetry Space poet, Johanna Boal will be reading from her poetry pamphlet, Cardboard City  over the air at Radio Humberside 2nd October 2014 at 11am. Do have a listen if you are in the area. Or tune in using the internet.

You can buy the book for just £4 in the Poetry Space online shop.

Johanna Boal grew up in Connemara on the West Coast of Ireland .She is married with 3 grown-up children and now lives in Beverley, East Yorkshire.


She works part/time as a librarian and in her spare time loves to read, write poetry and children’s stories.

This is my favourite from the book:

Where the Carpet Ends


At Granny’s it finished in the hall

before the stairs,

in the rented accommodation

on the landing not on the stairs.

In one room but not in another,

a rug inside the door.

Not the wooden floors

in the stately home, a runner

balustrade marble stairs.

The art gallery, library, school

bristled mat, then tiled lino floor.

Long strip of red;

Oscars and royal wedding at St. Paul’s.

Carpets cover desert tents

kneeling mats, prayer mats

wipe your feet mats

hanging silk rugs on the walls.

Fitted carpets throughout.

 Johanna Boal