If folk want to update their calendars…
Tonight I will be sneaking in for a very quick reading from White Feathers at the Flying South open mic in Dublin city, featuring act Poetry Divas with Kate Dempsey. Doors at 7pm. Flying South is a mental health positive organisation, so I will try and read from a bit that covers that. Let’s face it, with White Feathers that’s nearly the whole damn book 😉
On Friday 11 September I will be giving a reading for Over the Edge in Galway. Many thanks to Kevin Higgins for the kind invitation! Hope to see Galway readers there. Details of the event are here.
On Friday 18 September, Culture Night, I will be giving a reading and Q&A in the Stone House Bookshop in Kilkenny. Am really looking forward, the shop is a lovely venue and a great independent bookshop promoting indigenous fiction.
I also hope to attend the Spoken Word Paris event on Monday 7th September – was last there two years ago and it went very well!
Aaaaand…that’s it for the moment.
“Men and women. Women and men. It’ll never work” – so said Erica Jong. Were she writing in these more enlightened times, she would no doubt have added that same-sex combinations would never work either, but that’s a discussion for another day.
It seems that every other week there is a discussion about sexism in literature. Female writers getting better and more instant feedback when using a male pseudonym. Male writers getting more coverage and interviews. Applicants to publishing houses listing their influences as male rather than female. The assertion that while women read men and women, men read only men. All in all, grim news for females, especially in a female-dominated profession!
There is the occasional suggestion that all is not peaches and cream the other way either. Male romance novelists using their initials rather than their names. Angry writers claiming that the entire establishment is so rigged by feminists and the constant exhortations to seek out women writers that disadvantaged male writers are marginalised and shut out.
Continue reading “Men, Women and Books”
Just a quick heads up that today I feature over at Bleach House Library blog for Margaret Madden’s Irish Fiction Fortnight (there’s a hashtag on Twitter too!) where I discuss my Irish fiction influences – well, some of them anyway, to mention them all would probably be twice the length 🙂
There’s a giveaway too of White Feathers – check it out over here and the other fab entries and giveaways for the Irish Fiction Fortnight feature!