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Dorothy Macardle Exhibition Kilmainham Gaol

Unsurrendered Spirits, an exhibition based on the prison writings of Dorothy Macardle, is on in Kilmainham Gaol until 30th September. It concentrates in particular on Earthbound, a collection of nine supernatural stories, Macardle wrote while a prisoner in Mountjoy Prison and Kilmainham Gaol.

Macardle was incarcerated from the 9 November 1922 until early May 1923 in Mountjoy, Kilamainham and briefly in the North Dublin Union. While in the two former jails she wrote many of the stories that would be published as Earth-bound  in 1924. Macardle kept a jail journal up to March 1923. Through the lens of this jail journal  a sense of Macardle’s interiority in this life-altering period merges as she struggled to forge her republican credentials and came to grips with the loss of her expected future life. Macardle’s voice is strong; her questioning intellect emerges sharply from its pages. The reader can see how she forged her own viewpoints on the use of violence for political ends, how she came to an understanding of what for her it meant to be a republican as well as her unwillingness to be led by group think within the prison walls. Throughout the journal, one privy to her struggles with the possibility of having to engage in supportive hunger strike and the boredom and at times, pettiness and sordidness, of the prison day as women shared close quarters and inadequate cooking and sanitary facilities.

Admission to see the exhibition, without a tour of the building, is free and no booking is required.

RTÉ Arena Special

RTÉ Arena on RTE Radio One will have a hour-long special on The Long Gaze Back with guests Sinéad Gleeson, June Caldwell, Anne Enright, Christine Dwyer Hickey and Siobhán Mannion with music by Eileen Gogan and Ed McGinley this Monday 16th April at 7pm.

Reading Dublin: UCD Course

This year’s choice for the One City One Book festival is The Long Gaze Backan Anthology of Irish Women Writers edited by Sinéad Gleeson.

This course is designed to tie in with the ‘Dublin: One City, One Book’ festival 2018 and makes full use of events staged by Dublin City Libraries. The Long Gaze Back features writing from Maria Edgeworth in the 1800s up to writers of today like Eimear Ryan and everything from comedy to ghost stories, from well know writers like Mary Lavin and Somervile and Ross who wrote The Irish RM stories to more experimental writers like Lucy Caldwell.

The course will consider the changing place of Dublin in literature and examine different ways the city has been represented by writers. You will get to experience a broad range of writing produced by Irish women over the past 200 years. No prior knowledge or skills are required for this course beyond an enjoyment and an interest in reading and in finding out more about your city.

Details: 4 classes – Wednesday 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th April 10am-12.30pm.

Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse St, Dublin 2

Tutor: Gareth Fagan

Cost: €100