The Long Gaze Back is Dublin: One City One Book 2018

The Long Gaze BackAn Anthology of Irish Women Writers edited by Sinéad Gleeson joins a long list of illustrious titles as this year’s featured book in the Dublin: One City One Book Festival. As suggested by the title, this book is rooted in the present with emerging writers, while looking back to the flag bearers of Irish women’s writing.

Speaking at the launch an tArdmhéara said “It is very fitting that this year’s book choice for the One City One Book Festival is an Anthology of Irish Women Writers. In the year in which we celebrate the centenary of the Suffragette movement, it is important to highlight women writers’ contribution to the arts, both historically and at the present time. The book spans four centuries of women’s writing and brings voices from Ireland’s past together with contemporary writers.”


Sinéad Gleeson said: “I’m thrilled and delighted on behalf of the 30 writers, past and present, that The Long Gaze Back is this year’s Dublin: One City One Book choice. Anthologies are a platform for telling multiple stories and so many of the writers and their work included here are intrinsically connected to Dublin and its people. The book arose from a desire to amplify the voices of women who write, and being chosen for Dublin: One City One Book will help to introduce these talented writers to all kinds of new readers.”

The month-long festival will feature dramatised readings, music, song and poetry, discussions with the featured authors, walking tours, talks on topics such as the tradition of women’s short fiction in Ireland, gender balance and anthologies, writing workshops, exhibitions and much more.  Many of the events are free.


Highlights of the programme include:

‘Our Stories Ourselves’  Royal Hospital Kilmainham  Wednesday 25th April

The flagship event of this year’s festival is ‘Our Stories Ourselves’ an evening of music, readings and discussion in The Great Hall, Royal Hospital Kilmainham on Wednesday 25th April. Madeleine Keane will chair a discussion panel comprising Anne Enright, Lisa McInerney, Christine Dwyer Hickey and Sinéad Gleeson. Actor Cathy Belton will read excerpts from the book and critically-acclaimed musician and singer Lisa Hannigan will perform. This event is free but booking is essential at


‘The Art of the Short Story’ Irish Writers Centre. Saturday 14th April.

Irish Writers Centre presents three writing workshops with authors Nuala O’Connor, Christine Dwyer Hickey and June Caldwell. Followed by the Art of the Anthology with Sinéad Gleeson, Declan Meade and Kerrie O’Brien, chaired by Martina Devlin, examining the passion, philosophy and realities of curating a short story collection.

The Song Gaze Back The Cobalt Café, North Great George’s St.

An evening of music and song with contemporary artists Inni-K, Lisa Loughrey, Sinéad White and Fehdah, who respond to the work of women songwriters, musicians and singers of the last 200 years and give their personal musings on The Long Gaze Back.

Natural Selection Farmleigh. Friday 6th April

Writers and editors talk about anthologies and gender balance with readings and music. Featuring Rob Doyle, Sinéad Gleeson, Alan Hayes and Eimear Ryan with music by Ciara Sidine



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