Marking the Publication of 'A History of Modern Irish Women’s Literature'
L-R: Heather Ingman, Máirín Nic Eoin, Clíona Ó Gallchoir, Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, Deirdre Madden, Aileen Douglas, Margaret Kelleher, Eve Patten (Photo credit: The Long Room Hub)
The publication of the landmark volume, A History of Modern Irish Women’s Literature, was celebrated at an event in the Long Room Hub in Trinity College Dublin on 24 January 2019. The History is edited by Heather Ingman and Clíona Ó Gallchoir, lecturer in the School of English in UCC. Dr Ó Gallchoir chaired the event, which featured readings from celebrated writers Deirdre Madden and Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, and a panel discussion including Prof Aileen Douglas (TCD), Prof Margaret Kelleher (UCD) and Prof Eve Patten (TCD). The History offers the first comprehensive survey of writing by women in Ireland from the seventeenth century to the present day. Demonstrating the pioneering achievements of a huge number of many hitherto neglected writers, it makes a critical intervention in Irish literary history.The volume has been the subject of an article in the Irish Times and has been described in a recent review as ‘a necessity for anyone who wants to understand the many Irish literary traditions of women writers’. A podcast of the event is available through the Long Room Hub website.