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The Virago Story: Changing the World One Page at a Time

The Virago Story: Changing the World One Page at a Time

Sun 12 Mar

International Women’s Day 2017

Lennie Goodings and Sarah Savitt in conversation with Sinéad Gleeson

Young and new to the company, Virago CEO, Lennie Goodings, once asked the publisher’s formidable founder, Carmen Callil, “why did you start Virago?” The answer came instantly: “to change the world, darling – that’s why.”

Harriet Harman in conversation with Rachael English

Harriet Harman in conversation with Rachael English

Sun 12 Mar

International Women’s Day 2017

Harriet Harman was elected Labour MP for Peckham in 1982. Joining a House of Commons which was 97% male, she had three children while in Parliament. She has been politics’ most prominent champion for women’s rights, was the first woman to represent Labour from the Government benches and the first Labour woman to answer PMQs.

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Caitlin Moran in conversation with Declan Hughes

Caitlin Moran in conversation with Declan Hughes

Sun 12 Mar

International Women’s Day 2017

Mountains to Sea is delighted to welcome to Dún Laoghaire award-winning columnist and bestselling author of How to Be a Woman and How to Build a Girl, Caitlin Moran, who will be discussing her recent bestselling collection, Moranifesto with Declan Hughes.

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Scéalaíocht le Stiallghreannáin

Scéalaíocht le Stiallghreannáin

Wed 22 Mar

The comic strip is often a short story. Usually the stories are three to four panels long. In this workshop we will be talking about the steps on how to create a comic strip like Garfield, Peanuts and Calvin and Hobbes. The students will be drawing things
together, talk about ideas and they will use a comic strip template to create their own stories.

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Brexit: What it means for Ireland

Brexit: What it means for Ireland

Wed 22 Mar

with David McWilliams, Martina Devlin, Diarmaid Ferriter and David Murphy

Was former Greek finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, correct when he warned that after Brexit, ‘Ireland may end up as collateral damage in negotiations between London and Brussels? ‘

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Ask the Laureate with Chris Riddell

Ask the Laureate with Chris Riddell

Thu 23 Mar

This is an amazing chance for your students to meet Chris Riddell, the UK Children’s Laureate and discover the inspiration behind his stories and art. Students can ask him questions such as ‘Where do you get your ideas?’ and Chris will draw an answer live, giving the audience an insight into the Laureate’s world. The lucky students he picks may even get to take their doodle-answers home with them!

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Heroes

Heroes

Thu 23 Mar

We admire them, we envy them, for great qualities we ourselves lack. Hero worship consists in just that.’ Thus spake the great Mark Twain but in truth the well-springs of hero-worship probably run deeper.

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Ask the Laureate

Ask the Laureate

Thu 23 Mar

This is an amazing chance to meet Chris Riddell, the UK Children’s Laureate and discover the inspiration behind his stories and art. The audience members can ask him questions such as ‘Where do you get your ideas?’ and Chris will pick his favourites and draw an answer live, giving an insight into the Laureate’s world. The lucky people he picks may even get to take their doodle-answers home with them!

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Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve

Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve

Fri 24 Mar

Meet Jinks & O’Hare, the brilliant repair team who keep Funfair Moon running smoothly. Until one day chaos strikes. Emily is determined to lend a hand but can she really help with a gravity inversion and a marauding candyfloss creature? Does this spell doom for Funfair Moon?

Don’t miss this outrageously funny, interactive event for all the family!

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Vona Groarke and Paula Meehan

Vona Groarke and Paula Meehan

Fri 24 Mar

Poetry Now 2017 kicks off with a megaton of poetic power, times two. Vona Groarke has published ten titles with Gallery Press, including seven poetry collections, the latest being Selected Poems, (2016). Paula Meehan was born in Dublin, where she still lives. Imaginary Bonnets with Real Bees in Them, lectures from her time as Ireland Professor of Poetry 2013 - 2016, was published by UCD Press last year.

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Karl Geary, Rory Gleeson and Ciarán McMenamin

Karl Geary, Rory Gleeson and Ciarán McMenamin

Fri 24 Mar

Three debut novels, three portraits of young Irish men and women struggling into adulthood in their own different ways, wrestling with the constraints of their inhibiting social background, yet hell-bent on self-realisation whatever the cost. Classic versions of the bildungsroman from three remarkable, refreshing new voices in Irish fiction.

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Michèle Forbes, Lisa Carey and Yvonne Cassidy

Michèle Forbes, Lisa Carey and Yvonne Cassidy

Fri 24 Mar

Women’s fiction is often granted a separate room of its own, an arrangement which may please or irritate depending on your viewpoint. We hear a lot about men choosing not to read fiction by women writers, ostensibly because women write differently; but do they, and if so in what ways? Hear these Irish women novelists discuss how their work relates to questions of marriage, sisterhood, oppression and freedom.