Look! It’s A Woman Writer! Irish Literary Feminisms, 1970-2020
Why have women been treated differently, and discriminated against, in the literary world? Why has gender been a ‘problem’ in the writing, publishing, funding and reviewing scene? And why does it matter?
Éilís Ni Dhuibhne asked 21 writers who were born in mid-twentieth-century Ireland, north and south, to write about their literary lives. Collectively, these vivid, original essays provide us with a fascinating picture of Ireland’s literary landscape from multiple female points of view. Poets, fiction writers, playwrights, impresarios have written accounts which are funny, tragic, philosophical, angry, but all are lively, stunningly honest testimonies of the writing life during a pivotal period in the history of Irish literature. They were activists and voices when it really mattered. They are literary survivors.
Lia Mills writes novels, short stories, literary essays and memoir. Her most recent novel, Fallen, was the Dublin/Belfast Two Cities One Book selection in 2016. Her first novel, Another Alice, is reissued by Arlen House in 2022.
Catherine Dunne is the author of eleven novels, including The Things We Know Now, which won the Giovanni Boccaccio International Prize for Fiction in 2013 and was shortlisted for Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards. She was the recipient of the Irish PEN Award for Outstanding Contribution to Irish Literature (2018).
Evelyn Conlon, described as ‘one of Ireland’s major truly creative writers’ is a novelist, short story writer, radio essayist and compiler of anthologies. She is a member of Aosdána and lives in Dublin.
Hosted by Arlen House publisher Alan Hayes.
Marking International Women’s Day, March 8th
Cost: Free but ticketed
This event is sponsored by Clare County Library.