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Monday 23

Edith and Violet: Cousins and Collaborators with Martina Devlin

Edith Somerville and her second cousin Violet Martin may have been Victorian women, but their flair, business expertise and ambition were ultra-modern.

From their light-hearted Irish R.M. series of stories to darker novels including the classic The Real Charlotte, their skills as the Somerville and Ross writing duo were wide-ranging.

Their talents extended to their correspondence, and the voices of these irrepressible, talented Women of Letters emerges in their dispatches to Lady Gregory, their literary agent, James Pinker – and to each other.

Sometimes, the letters revealed more than their sender intended, as writer Martina Devlin discovered when she read their archive held at Trinity College Dublin, as part of her PhD there.

Martina Devlin is  a writer and journalist. Her books include About Sisterland, The House Where It Happened and Ship of Dreams. Her latest book True: Stories About Ireland’s Iconic Women is due out in October 2018. It includes a story about Edith Somerville and Violet Martin.

Venue

Dalkey Library, 41 Castle Street, Dalkey

Time

April 23 at 10:30 am

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking not necessary

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

History of art talk by Jessica Fahy, which will examine the choices made in the portrayal of significant women from Irish history by leading artists of the day, and how these images may still inform our opinions today.

Venue

DLR LexIcon, Dun Laoghaire

Time

April 23 at 11:00 am

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking not necessary

Musical Tales

Lunchtime concert presenting works ranging from the songs of Ina Boyle almost 130 years ago to some of today’s leading young composers from Ireland to mirror the chronological survey of the Long Gaze Back.

Solo and ensemble pieces and short interviews with some of the composers about the pieces being performed.

Programme  is curated by Dr. Mark Fitzgerald of DIT Conservatory of Music and will include works by:

Ina Boyle (1889-1967) Three Songs –Roses (text Eva Gore-Booth), Blessing (text Austin Clarke) and Joy of Earth (text AE)

Eibhlis Farrell (b 1953) Earthloops for solo clarinet (2003)

Ailís Ní Ríain (b 1974) Don’t for clarinet and cello (2000 revised 2005)

Finola Merrivale (b 1987) ag fanacht, go chiúin for violin, cello and piano (2015)

Amanda Feery (b 1984) Rattle for solo bass clarinet (2010)

Jane O’Leary (b 1946) Mystic Play of Shadows for string quartet (1996)

Venue

Music Library, Central Library, Ilac Centre Henry St, Dublin 1,

Time

April 23 at 1:00 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking essential

Musical Tales

Evening concert presenting works ranging from the songs of Ina Boyle almost 130 years ago to some of today’s leading young composers from Ireland to mirror the chronological survey of the Long Gaze Back.

Solo and ensemble pieces and short interviews with some of the composers about the pieces being performed.

Programme  is curated by Dr. Mark Fitzgerald of DIT Conservatory of Music and will include works by:

Ina Boyle (1889-1967) Three Songs –Roses (text Eva Gore-Booth), Blessing (text Austin Clarke) and Joy of Earth (text AE)

Eibhlis Farrell (b 1953) Earthloops for solo clarinet (2003)

Ailís Ní Ríain (b 1974) Don’t for clarinet and cello (2000 revised 2005)

Finola Merrivale (b 1987) ag fanacht, go chiúin for violin, cello and piano (2015)

Amanda Feery (b 1984) Rattle for solo bass clarinet (2010)

Jane O’Leary (b 1946) Mystic Play of Shadows for string quartet (1996)

Venue

Rathmines Library, 157 Lower Rathmines Road

Time

April 23 at 6:00 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking essential

A Feast of Female Voices

Authors Susan Stairs, Nuala O’Connor and Eimear Ryan discuss their short stories in The Long Gaze Back. Chaired by Sinéad Gleeson

Nuala O’Connor‘s fifth short story collection Joyride to Jupiter was published by New Island in June 2017. Her third novel, Miss Emily, about the poet Emily Dickinson and her Irish maid was shortlisted for the Bord Gáis Energy Eason Book Club Novel of the Year 2015 and longlisted for the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award. Nuala’s fourth novel, Becoming Belle, will be published in 2018.

Eimear Ryan‘s writing has appeared in Winter Papers, The Dublin Review, gorse, The Stinging FlyGranta.com and the Faber anthologyTown & Country. She is co-editor of the literary journal Banshee. From Co. Tipperary, she lives in Cork

Susan Stairs received her Masters in Creative Writing from University College Dublin in 2009 and her story ‘The Rescue’ was shortlisted for the Davy Byrnes Irish Writing Award the same year. She has published three novels: The Story of Before (2013) and The Boy Between (2015) and her third novel One Good Reason has recently been published.

Sinéad Gleeson is the editor of The Long Gaze Back and The Glass Shore, two anthologies of stories by Irish women writers. Her own collection of essays will be published in 2019 by Picador.

Venue

Cabra Library, Navan Road

Time

April 23 at 6:30 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking essential
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