19th-century Irish fiction: "practically in the hands of Irish women."
The literary tea towel is an Irish phenomenon that can be found hanging in half the pubs of Dublin and all the tourist shops. The tea towel features images of 12 Irish writers who are supposedly our greatest ever, yet there is not a woman in sight. In 1891, a commentator in the Daily Graphic asserted that Irish fiction was, just then, “practically in the hands of Irish women.” So what happened? Where did the woman go? At this unique event, hear from the fantastic female voices lighting up the Irish literary scene. A Q&A will explore how the female voice was erased from Irish literary history and the public will be invited to read aloud the works of the dismissed.