The Long Gaze BackAn Anthology of Irish Women Writers edited by Sinéad Gleeson is this year’s featured book in the Dublin: One City One Book Festival, the full programme for which has been announced by Lord Mayor of Dublin Mícheál Mac Donncha.

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.

“It is very fitting that this year’s book choice for the Dublin: One City One Book Festival is an anthology of Irish women writers,” said MacDonncha.

“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.”

“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,” said Gleeson.

“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.”

“This collection of stories embraces writers of the past, present and of the future, an anthology of diversity and talent,” said Dublin City Librarian Margaret Hayes.

“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.”

The Long Gaze Back is available to borrow from libraries and to buy in bookshops. Copies of the printed programme of events are available in libraries and bookshops across Dublin.

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.

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