Animal Souls and Votes for Women: vegetarianism and suffrage in the work of fin-de-siele Irish feminists.

On 23rd November 2016, at University College Cork, Dr Maureen O'Connor presented a paper entitled, 'Animal souls and votes for women: vegetarianism and suffrage in the work of fin-de-siecle Irish feminists'. O'Connor explains the paper originates from early stage research for a forthcoming book. The paper engages in feminist vegetarian critical theory, building on works … Continue reading Animal Souls and Votes for Women: vegetarianism and suffrage in the work of fin-de-siele Irish feminists.

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Literary Review: Ireland The Autobiography

I received a number of books this Christmas the above being one. The book jacket states: Over the past hundred years, Ireland has undergone profound political, social and cultural changes. But one thing that has not changed is the Irish genius for observation and storytelling, invective and self-scrutiny. Ireland: The Autobiography draws upon this genius … Continue reading Literary Review: Ireland The Autobiography

Literary Review: “The Cambridge Companion to Modern Irish Culture”.

The Cambridge Guide to Modern Irish Culture. Edited by Joe Cleary and Claire Connolly. The companion states: it provides an authoritative introduction to the historical, social and stylistic complexities of modern Irish culture. Readers will be introduced to Irish studies in its widest sense and helped to find their way through the cultural and theoretical … Continue reading Literary Review: “The Cambridge Companion to Modern Irish Culture”.

Trump Watch: A Fake News Special…..

So day one, in a 'post-truth' world, enter stage left, Mr Sean Spicer, White House Press Secretary.... Clearly size matters to President Trump, hands, ties, number of people attending his inauguration, the number of illegal immigrants who voted for Hilary..... Sean Spicer, well in fairness, there are no 'real words' to describe his version of … Continue reading Trump Watch: A Fake News Special…..

Reading Rebellion: Women, History, and Commemoration.

On the 16th November 2016, at University College Cork, Dr Heather Laird gave a research seminar paper, 'Reading Rebellion: Women, History, and Commemoration' which analysed RTE's flagship 1916 commemorative TV project, Rebellion. Dr Laird began by discussing some of the challenges history affords us, citing Ged Martin's work, 'Past Futures: The Impossible Necessity of History (University of … Continue reading Reading Rebellion: Women, History, and Commemoration.

To walk invisible

Doing an unscientific straw poll with a few people I hoped knew some well known current TV writers, I ascertained that the names Paul Abbot (Cracker, Shameless, Clocking off, State of play, No Offense) and Jimmy McGovern (Brookside, Cracker, The Street, Hillsborough) were, unsurprisingly, recognized. However the name Sally Wainwright was not. Interesting. Sally is … Continue reading To walk invisible