Book Launch: Truth & Dare by Martina Devlin
Thursday 11 October 2018
6.30pm–8.30pm | All welcome
All are welcome to the launch of Truth & Dare by Martina Devlin.
“An intelligent, insightful collection that takes some of Ireland’s most significant women and brings them effortlessly to life. From political renegades to writers, they live, breathe and walk among us thanks to Devlin’s brilliant characterization. An impressive and important book.”-Sinéad Gleeson
Leaders. Rebels. Pioneers. Short stories about some of Ireland’s trailblazing women by award-winning writer Martina Devlin.
In this collection we meet Countess Markievicz back from the dead to cast a disapproving eye over modern Ireland, Hanna Sheehy Skeffington on hunger strike in prison, and Somerville and Ross discussing book business with their London agent Mr. Pinker.
Others we encounter include a range of activists –Anna Parnell in a pawnshop, Belfast’s Mary Ann McCracken walking her brother to the scaffold, Nano Nagle in a hedge school and Dr Kathleen Lynn locking horns with an archbishop.
Authentic and poignant, witty and revealing, Truth & Dare draws on true events to breathe life into an extraordinary cast of women.
Martina Devlin talks about Truth & Dare:
“The women I write about in Truth & Dare have been submerged - overlooked or undervalued - despite each one being a trailblazer. They didn't always succeed in their aims but they always took action – and didn't ask for permission first.
Some were interested in winning the vote for women, others in the labour movement and still others in Irish independence. A number were involved in all three causes. They dreamed, worked and collaborated, together pushing against boundaries.
Despite making exceptional contributions they were reduced to a historical footnote. A hundred years ago, the women of Ireland first voted in a general election. Let’s reclaim these inspirational women in this centenary year. For their sakes – and our own.”
Their times were out of step with them – now their time has come