BOOK: THIS WOMAN'S WORK
Edited by Sonic Youth legend Kim Gordon and Constellations author Sinead Gleeson, this essential new music anthology is a collection of essays by 16 female writers, writing about the female artists, movements and pioneers that matter to them and about their own personal experiences. Contributors include Gordon and Gleeson themselves, alongside the likes of Anne Enright, Maggie Nelson, Ottessa Moshfegh and Rachel Kushner (Published by White Rabbit, available from April 7th)
ART: GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS
For her new group show at Lismore Castle Arts, designer and curator Simone Rocha (in her words) "wanted to invite a group of artists who inspire, challenge and engage with femininity and its subversive characteristics, reflecting a female viewpoint today". Featured are works by Louise Bourgeois, Dorothy Cross, Genieve Figgis, Eimear Lynch & Domino Whisker, Cindy Sherman, Francesca Woodman, Luo Yang and more (At Lismore Castle Arts, Waterford, until October 30th 2002 - find out more here).
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During the first lockdown, actor, writer and Hawk's Well artist in residence Miriam Needham interviewed 44 people in the North West of Ireland about their experiences, basing her new play on the interviews. Incorporating audio extracts from the real-life interviews, Snapshot is a comedy-drama following two sisters, played by Needham and Nichola MacEvilly, who are living in the same house at the start of the Covid pandemic, exploring the different ways in which we remember and cope as the sibling try to connect in a disconnected world (On tour nationwide until April 16th - find a venue near you here).
What are the links between taboos and writing? The 22nd Franco-Irish Literary Festival will discuss a wide range of taboos which (in their words) 'are expressed, endured and described, page after page in Francophone and Irish writing'. The guest list includes Irish authors Kevin Power, Keith Ridgeway, Jan Carson and Oein De Bhairduin alongside publisher, writer and film director Vanessa Springora, whose award-winning memoir Le Consentement (Consent) caused a sensation in France and has been translated in 30 countries (From April 8th - 10th, at Dublin Castle and the Alliance Française, Dublin - find out more here)
This atmospheric Irish horror fiction podcast won a New York Festivals Radio Award for Drama Podcast in 2020 - now creators Peter Dunne and Liam Geraghty return with eight new, uniquely Irish, terrifying tales, taking in everything from the panto to the housing crisis, via lockdown and the 12 pubs of Christmas (now available via all good podcast platforms).