Monday 22 October 2018

Historic Irish women brought to life in new book

New book: Former Labour TD Liz McManus with Martina Devlin at the launch of ‘Truth & Dare’ at the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin. Photo: Steve Humphreys
New book: Former Labour TD Liz McManus with Martina Devlin at the launch of ‘Truth & Dare’ at the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Ian Begley

Award-winning novelist and columnist Martina Devlin is aiming to resurrect some of Ireland's most trailblazing women in her latest book 'Truth & Dare'.

Crowds gathered in the Irish Writers Centre last night to celebrate the launch of her new work of fiction/non-fiction. In the collection of short stories, we meet Countess Markievicz back from the dead to cast a disapproving eye over modern Ireland, Hanna Sheehy Skeffington on hunger strike in prison, and authors Somerville and Ross (aka Edith Somerville and Violet Martin) discussing book business with their London agent.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Ms Devlin said she hoped to breathe new life into the iconic women who helped shape Ireland.

"We all know a little bit about female figures such as Maude Gonne, but our knowledge of them seems to be very two-dimensional. As a storyteller, I wanted to fictionalise their stories in an attempt to humanise them once again."

Former Labour TD Liz McManus, who launched the book, said it deserved to be in every school library in Ireland.

Irish Independent

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