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Spring Lecture Series 2019
THE DECADE OF CENTENARIES: IRELAND IN 1919
“Now We Can Talk Openly About Men”
Poet Martina Evans in conversation with journalist Dorothy Allen
Martina Evans reads from and talks about her critically acclaimed recent work, “Now We Can Talk Openly About Men”. These contrasting dramatic monologues bring vividly to life the War of Independence and the Civil War through the experiences of two generations of working class women. Set against the background of the burning of Mallow, Co Cork during the “Troubles” the poetry gives a voice to usually overlooked “insignificant” women as they recall the passion, excitement and terror of the times. Martina will discuss the reasons she was drawn to this particular period and the challenges of recasting history as poetry.
Martina Evans is the award – winning author of eleven books of poetry and prose. “Now We Can Talk Openly About Men” was shortlisted for the 2019 Irish Times Poetry Now Award. Martina has also been shortlisted for the Pigott Poetry Prize 2019 at Listowel Writers’ Week Festival.
Dorothy Allen is a former BBC journalist now writing for the German and Swiss Press.