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?
Join Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, editor of Look, It’s a Woman Writer (Arlen House, 2021) in conversation with three of the contributors Moya Cannon, Catherine Dunne and Mary Dorcey.
Éilís Ní Dhuibhne writes short stories and novels, in English and Irish, and has published almost thirty books. Her work is widely translated and anthologised. Her novel, The Dancers Dancing, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction.
Moya Cannon is an Irish poet with six published collections, the most recent being Donegal Tarantella (Carcanet). The mountains, the shoreline and our primal and enduring responses to the beauty of the endangered earth are the inspiration for many of her poems. Archaeology and geology figure too as gateways to deeper understanding of our mysterious relationship with the natural world and our past.
Mary Dorcey is a critically-acclaimed fiction writer and poet. She won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature in 1990 for her short fiction collection, A Noise from the Woodshed. Her novel, Biography of Desire, has been both a bestseller, having been reprinted three times, and achieved critical acclaim. She was the first woman in Irish history to campaign publicly for LGBT rights and the first to address the subject openly in literature.
Catherine Dunne is the author of eleven novels. Her one work of nonfiction, An Unconsidered People, is a social history that explores the lives of Irish immigrants in London in the 1950s. Among her novels are: 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).