Sunday, 12th March

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To mark International Women’s Day, Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival has curated a daylong celebration on Sunday March 12th of women who have worked tirelessly and passionately to change women’s lives for the better. Join us in the Pavilion Theatre for The Virago Story at 2pm, Harriet Harman at 4.30pm and Caitlin Moran at 7.30pm.

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2.00pm

The Virago Story - Changing the World One Page at a Time

The Pavilion, Dún Laoghaire

€12 / €10 Concession

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When she was younger and new to the company, Lennie Goodings asked Virago's curator and Chief Publisher, Carmen Callil, 'Why did you start Virago?' The answer came instantly: 'To change the world, darling - that's why.' From day one the mission was clear: to publish books by women writers, to champion new talent, to uncover 'hidden from history' voices and stories and, with the founding of the famous green-spine series, The Virago Modern Classics, to rediscover forgotten writers.

Over forty years later, the world has indeed changed and women have prominent roles in publishing, as elsewhere, but Virago remains a vibrant and necessary force, publishing Marilynne Robinson, Margaret Atwood, Sarah Waters, Lauren Graham among many others. But why do we still say 'woman writer' (we don't say 'male writer') and why do men not read books by women?

These are the burning questions being asked in Ireland so here is an opportunity to hear how one of the great literary imprints rose to the challenge concerning women's writing, gender and the arts.

Lennie Goodings is joined by Sarah Savitt, Virago's Deputy Publisher.

The panel will be hosted by presenter of RTÉ's The Book Show, Sinéad Gleeson. With special guests Sarah Davis-Goff and Lisa Coen of Tramp Press.

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4.30pm

Harriet Harman in conversation with Keelin Shanley

The Pavilion, Dún Laoghaire

€12 / €10 Concession

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Why does the political representation of women matter? And which hurdles - personal, political and societal - have been faced, fought and sometimes overcome in the past thirty years?

For the first time, the story of women's progressive politics over that period has been told - by someone at the forefront of the movement. From the inspirational Harriet Harman comes a revealing account of a political life inspired by the hope of helping women change their lives.

Harriet Harman was elected Labour MP for Peckham in 1982. Joining a House of Commons which was 97% male, she had three children while in Parliament. She has been politics' most prominent champion for women's rights, was the first woman to represent Labour from the Government benches and the first Labour woman to answer Prime Minister's Questions.

Told with great warmth and a refreshing humility, A Woman's Work offers the reader a rich and humorous story that shows how far we've come and offers ideas of where we should go next.

Keelin Shanley, is a presenter on RTÉ Radio 1's Morning Ireland.

 

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7.30pm

Caitlin Moran in conversation with Declan Hughes

The Pavilion, Dún Laoghaire

€20 / €18 Concession

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We are delighted to welcome to Dún Laoghaire award-winning columnist and bestselling author of How to Be a Woman and How to Build a Girl, Caitlin Moran, who will be discussing her recent bestselling collection, Moranifesto with Declan Hughes.

When Caitlin sat down to choose her favourite pieces for the new book she realised that they all seemed to join up. Turns out, it's the same old problems and the same old ass-hats. Then she thought of the word ‘Moranifesto’, and she knew what she had to do... This is Caitlin's engaging and amusing rallying call for our times. Combining the best of her recent columns with lots of new writing unique to this book, Caitlin deals with topics as pressing and diverse as 1980s swearing, benefits, boarding schools, and why the internet is like a drunken toddler.

And whilst never afraid to address the big issues of the day – such as Benedict Cumberbatch and duffel coats – Caitlin also makes a passionate effort to understand our 21st century society and presents us with her ‘Moranifesto’ for making the world a better place. The polite revolution starts here! Caitlin was actually christened 'Catherine' but saw 'Caitlin' in a Jilly Cooper novel when she was 13 and thought it looked exciting. Caitlin lives on Twitter with her husband and two children.

Declan Hughes is a novelist, playwright and screenwriter.

 Caitlin Moran

 

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