Three stories from The Long Gaze Back

Michelle Read In this episode of the DCLA podcast, Michelle Read reads the first three stories featured in The Long Gaze Back. Michelle Read, is an actor and voice artist and an advocate of reading aloud for adults. She reads ‘The Purple Jar’ by Maria Edgeworth; ‘Frank's Resolve’ by Charlotte Riddell; ‘Poisson d'Avril’ by Somerville and Ross.

Recorded at the LexIcon on 12 April 2018, with thanks to Marian Keyes Dún-Laoghaire Rathdown Libraries for making the audio available to us.

Portraits of Women Writers, Activists and Artists in Early 20th Century

Sarah Celia HarrisonIn this episode of the DCLA podcast, Jessica Fahy examines the choices made in the portrayal of significant Irish women by leading artists of the day. How a woman is presented in portraiture says a lot about how society views women at that time, and may even still inform our opinions today, while their self-portraits often reveal their identities as the women saw themselves. 

An Evening with Nuala O’Connor & Lia Mills

Podcast logoIn this episode of the DCLA podcast, Nuala O’Connor and Lia Mills read from their short stories ‘Shut your mouth, Hélène’ and ‘The Crossing’ before discussing flash fiction, the historical short story, the tyranny of plot and how editing styles differ on each side of the Atlantic.

And because we all love a book recommendation: Nuala’s favourite short story collections are Scary Old Sex by Arlene Heyman and The Boat by Nam Le, and she recommends Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott for writers, especially ones starting out.

Walking in Maeve’s Shoes

Lathleen HillIn this episode of the DCLA podcast, author Kathleen Hill gives an introduction to the life and work of Maeve Brennan, and how Ranelagh and New York helped inform the themes of exile and loss that run throughout her writing. Maeve Brennan was born in Dublin in 1917. Although she grew up in Ranelagh, her family left Ireland to live in Washington D.C. when Maeve was 17.  

Kathleen reads from Brennan's novella The Visitor, and short stories 'Stories of Africa' and 'The Poor Men and Women' both published in Springs of Affection.

Irish Women Artists and Modernism

Girl in White In this episode of the DCLA podcast, Jessica Fahy explores the fascinating connection between Irish women artists and the advent of modernism in Ireland from the early 20th century to the 1970s. Jessica talks about what Marian Hartigan called "The Quiet Revolution" which was the introduction of modern art to Ireland, almost exclusively by women. Jessica discusses their influences and how they reimagined and interpreted the artists and movements that inspired them.

Women Authors of the Gallery

Jane BarlowIn this episode of the DCLA podcast, art historian Jessica Fahy discusses portraits of Irish women writers in collections of the Hugh Lane Gallery. Jessica focuses on writers and painters who were active from the end of the 19th century to the start of the Second World War including Lady Gregory, Jane Barlow, Dora Sigerson Shorter, Katharine Tynan and Alice Stopford Green.  

A Feast of Female Voices, Blanchardstown Library

Blanchardstown ensembleIn this episode of the DCLA podcast, The Long Gaze Back authors Bernie McGill, Lia Mills and Éilís Ní Dhuibhne read from their work and talk with Sinéad Gleeson about the anthology, their work, and being a female author in Ireland today.

Recorded at Blanchardstown Library on 12 April 2018, with thanks to Fingal Libraries for making the audio available to us.

Looking Forward Gazing Back

Event promo imageIn this episode of the DCLA podcast, Looking Forward, Gazing Back, writers June Caldwell and Sinéad Gleeson and theatre maker and campaigner Lian Bell of #WakingTheFeminists movement discuss the practices, processes and contexts of Irish women’s writing today.  Chaired by Garret Fagan. Recorded at the National Library of Ireland on 21 April 2018, thanks to National Library of Ireland for making this audio available to us.

Notes of Change

Eileen GoganIn this episode of the DCLA podcast, musician Eileen Gogan responds to stories from The Long Gaze Back and talks to editor Sinéad Gleeson. They discuss the parallels and crossovers between song writing and writing, the difficulty of choosing a title, writer’s block, influences and the parallels between poetry and lyrics. Eileen is accompanied by musician Ed McGinley.

Selected Shorts: part 2

Teh authors discussionThe latest DCLA podcast is the second part of "Selected Shorts", a discussion with authors Eilís Ní Dhuibhne, Lia Mills, Christine Dwyer Hickey and Anne Devlin, chaired by Catherine Dunne.