The Long Gaze Back is Dublin: One City One Book 2018

Ardmhéara Bhaile Átha Cliath Mícheál Mac Donncha, launches the 2018 Dublin: One City One Book programme of events on the eve of International Women’s Day, Wednesday, 7th March, 2018 at 11am in Pearse Street Library and Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2.

The Long Gaze Back – An Anthology of Irish Women Writers edited by Sinéad Gleeson joins a long list of illustrious titles as this year’s featured book in the Dublin: One City One Book Festival. As suggested by the title, this book is rooted in the present with emerging writers, while looking back to the flag bearers of Irish women’s writing.

The month-long festival will feature dramatised readings, music, song and poetry, discussions with the featured authors, walking tours, talks on topics such as the tradition of women’s short fiction in Ireland, gender balance and anthologies, writing workshops, exhibitions and much more.  Many of the events are free.

The flagship event of this year’s festival is ‘Our Stories Ourselves’ an evening of music, readings and discussion in The Great Hall, Royal Hospital Kilmainham on Wednesday 25th April. Madeleine Keane will chair a discussion panel comprising Anne Enright, Lisa McInerney, Christine Dwyer Hickey and Sinéad Gleeson. Actor Cathy Belton will read excerpts from the book and critically-acclaimed musician and singer Lisa Hannigan will perform. This event is free but booking is essential at www.dublinonecityonebook.ie/programme

Speaking at the launch an tArdmhéara said “It is very fitting that this year’s book choice for the One City One Book Festival is an Anthology of Irish Women Writers. In the year in which we celebrate the centenary of the Suffragette movement, it is important to highlight women writers’ contribution to the arts, both historically and at the present time. The book spans four centuries of women’s writing and brings voices from Ireland’s past together with contemporary writers.”

Sinéad Gleeson said: "I'm thrilled and delighted on behalf of the 30 writers, past and present, that The Long Gaze Back is this year's Dublin: One City One Book choice. Anthologies are a platform for telling multiple stories and so many of the writers and their work included here are intrinsically connected to Dublin and its people. The book arose from a desire to amplify the voices of women who write, and being chosen for Dublin: One City One Book will help to introduce these talented writers to all kinds of new readers."

Dublin City Librarian Margaret Hayes added “This collection of stories embraces writers of the past, present and of the future, an anthology of diversity and talent. With themes universal and contemporary, and settings urban and rural, it includes some of our best writers in a genre much loved by the Irish reader and storyteller. Dublin City Libraries wishes to showcase the full catalogue of these women writers, many of whom will be well known to readers but others who may have slipped a little from view and who deserve to be looked at anew.”

Pick up a copy of the printed programme of events in libraries and bookshops across Dublin. The Long Gaze Back is available to borrow from libraries and to buy in bookshops. All details about the festival can be found at www.dublinonecityonebook.ie

Highlights of the programme include:

 ‘Our Stories Ourselves’  Royal Hospital Kilmainham  Wednesday 25th April.

An evening of music, readings and discussion in The Great Hall, Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Madeleine Keane will chair a discussion panel comprising Anne Enright, Lisa McInerney, Christine Dwyer Hickey and Sinéad Gleeson. Actor Cathy Belton will read excerpts from the book and critically-acclaimed musician and singer Lisa Hannigan will perform. This event is free but booking is essential at www.dublinonecityonebook.ie/programme

‘The Art of the Short Story’ Irish Writers Centre. Saturday 14th April.

Irish Writers Centre presents three writing workshops with authors Nuala O’Connor, Christine Dwyer Hickey and June Caldwell. Followed by the Art of the Anthology with Sinéad Gleeson, Declan Meade and Kerrie O’Brien, chaired by Martina Devlin, examining the passion, philosophy and realities of curating a short story collection.

‘Recovered Voices’ Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse St. Thursday 19th April.

Sinéad Gleeson, Lisa Coen and Diarmuid Peavoy discuss the forgotten writings of Norah Hoult, Charlotte Riddell and Mary Lavin. With dramatised readings from actor Ger Ryan.

The Song Gaze Back The Cobalt Café, North Great George’s St.

An evening of music and song with contemporary artists Inni-K, Lisa Loughrey, Sinéad White and Fehdah, who respond to the work of women songwriters, musicians and singers of the last 200 years and give their personal musings on The Long Gaze Back.

Selected Shorts The New Theatre. Saturday 7th April

Celebrating the female voice in Irish literature, this event will include performed readings from the Long Gaze Back of stories by Anne Devlin, Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, Lia Mills and Christine Dwyer Hickey, followed by a discussion with the authors, chaired by author Catherine Dunne.

Natural Selection Farmleigh. Friday 6th April

Writers and editors talk about anthologies and gender balance with readings and music. Featuring Rob Doyle, Sinéad Gleeson, Alan Hayes and Eimear Ryan with music by Ciara Sidine

The Festival is organised by Dublin City Council’s Public Library Service. Dublin: One City One Book is supported by New Island Books, the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and RTÉ Supporting The Arts.

Photographs will be circulated to picture desks on the day by Fennell Photography.

Many events are free and details of the programme are available on:  www.dublinonecityonebook.ie

ENDS

For further information contact:

www.dublinonecityonebook.ie

Twitter: @1city1book  #1city1book

Notes to the Editor:

Sinéad Gleeson’s essays have appeared in Granta, Banshee, Winter Papers and Gorse among others. Her short story ‘Counting Bridges’ was longlisted at the 2016 Irish Book Awards, and she has a short story in forthcoming Repeal the 8th anthology edited by Una Mullally. She is the editor of three anthologies including The Long Gaze Back: an Anthology of Irish Women Writers (2015) and The Glass Shore: Short Stories by Women Writers from the North of Ireland, (2016) both of which won Best Irish Published Book at the Irish Book Awards.  Her collection of essays, Constellations will be published in Spring 2019 by Picador. She is currently working on a novel.
 

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