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.
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.
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
A warning ; what follows is best described as a brain dump, an attempt to get some thoughts down on paper and to see where it leads... One of my first challenges in the study of Irish writing is to determine what is Irishness or Irish culture? How is it, or indeed, can it be … Continue reading A glass of lemonade and a packet of crisps