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Irish Women in Literature event

Date: 5/10/2017

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“Irish Women in Literature”: Inspiring Authors in a Magnificent Historic House 
Thursday 5th and Friday 6th October. 
Strokestown Park House, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon 
 
Come and enjoy free readings from leading female Irish authors and talks about historic writers in the Galleried Kitchen at Strokestown Park. Booking advised (contact: john.odriscoll@irishheritagetrust.ie). This event is hosted by Strokestown Park House and the Irish Heritage Trust in partnership with Roscommon County Council Library Services. 
 
Thursday 5th October 2-6pm 
 2-2:30. Opening Remarks: Cllr Orla Leyden, Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council. 
 2:30-3:30.Professor Christine Kinealy (Quinnipiac University) talks about Fanny Parnell who politicised the Great Famine to further her campaign for land reform. 
 3:30-4. Coffee and Tea. 
 4-5. Reading: Marita Conlon McKenna (Rebel Sisters, Under the Hawthorn Tree) 
 5-6. Reading: Nuala O’Connor (Joyride to Jupiter, Miss Emily)  

Friday 6th October 9:30-1pm 
9:30-10:15 Professor Luke Gibbons (Maynooth University) talks about ' "Aliens of the West": Roscommon Women Writers and the Literary Revival'. 
10:15-11. Professor Marguérite Corporaal (Radboud University, Nijmegen) talks about Mary Anne Sadlier, a literary figurehead of Catholic North America. 
11-11:30. Coffee and Tea. 
11:30-12:15. Reading: Strokestown Poetry Festival presents Roscommon Women Poets. 
12:15-1. Reading: Jessamine O’Connor (The Hermit Collective) 
 
 “Irish Women in Literature” is supported by the Creative Ireland Programme, an all-ofGovernment five-year initiative, from 2017 to 2022, which places creativity at the centre of public policy.  Further information from creative.ireland.ie  
 

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