as part of International Women's Day
It has been 20 years since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement so we are taking the opportunity to celebrate Northern Ireland's women writers. Inspired by New Island's 2017 publication of Female Lines: New Writing by Women from Northern Ireland, we have invited writers Susan McKay (chair), Medbh McGuckian and Margaret Ward with poet Elaine Gaston and singer songwriter Hannah Peel to delight and enthral audiences at Mountains to Sea International Women's Day 2018. We will consider how much has changed or stayed the same for women in Northern Irish society in recent times.
In 1985, The Female Line: Northern Irish Women Writers was published. A pioneering anthology at the time, it gave many Northern Irish women writers their firrst opportunity for publication. Now, over thirty years later, Female Lines: New Writing by Women from Northern Ireland — a stunning mosaic of work by some of the best contemporary women writers from Northern Ireland — acts as both a new staging post and a sequel to its vibrant feminist predecessor.