January 6, 2016


Nollaig na mBan 2017 at the Irish Writers Centre

Friday 6 January | 7.30pm | €10

*This event is fully sold out*

Tickets for Nollaig na mBan via Eventbrite  

Irish Writers Centre & The Stinging Fly present:

a Nollaig na mBan event honouring Maeve Brennan’s centenary

Join us on 6 January for our annual celebration of Nollaig na mBan, which this year coincides with the centenary of Maeve Brennan’s birth. Broadcaster and journalist Sinéad Gleeson will MC this special evening of entertainment, with contributions from writers Claire-Louise Bennett, Angela BourkeChristine Dwyer HickeyAnne Enright, and Doireann Ní Ghríofa alongside music from singer-songwriter Inni-K.

As in previous years, we’re encouraging those attending to take part in a New Year’s Kris Kindle extravaganza. Bring along a much-loved book by a female writer, wrap it and label or tag it with a description of no more than three lines. If you bring a book, you go home with one too!

Maeve Brennan was born on Dublin’s Great Denmark Street just along the way from the Irish Writers Centre on 6 January 1917. She moved with her family to Washington DC in 1934 and later settled in Manhattan where she eventually joined the staff of The New Yorker, to which she contributed book reviews, fashion notes, essays, and short stories. The stories were gathered in two volumes, In and Out of Never-Never Land (1969) and Christmas Eve (1974). Maeve Brennan died in the Lawrence Nursing Home in Arverne, New York, on 1 November 1993. The Stinging Fly Press recently reissued The Springs of Affection, the posthumous selection of her Dublin-based stories, first published in 1997. They are also publishing a new edition of The Long-Winded Lady, Maeve’s columns from The New Yorker, to coincide with her centenary.

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