Tuesday 23 October 2018

Marie ready to launch her new book

THE launch of Drogheda-based writer, Marie MacSweeney's latest book, Letters From A Recalcitrant Woman, by LMFM's Michael Reade, will take place at the High Lanes Gallery, Laurence Street, Drogheda at 8pm on Thursday, November 28th.

This is Marie's fourth book and is a departure from her usual poetry and short stories. It is a unique collection of letters to Editors and Talk Show Hosts, dating from 1974 to 2013, something readers can dip into year by year, or in whatever order they wish.

A 'Kerrywoman born in Dublin and living in County Louth', as she describes herself, Marie has, over a period of forty years, engaged in public debate by means of Letters to the Editor and emails to current affairs programmes.

Here you will find old and new comment on topics as diverse the Paisleys, peanuts, Bertie's make-up, blasphemy, capital punishment, the Irish language, divorce, daffodils, cruelty to animals, Adam and Eve, St. Patrick, Marilyn Monroe and much more.

Marie wrote her first letter to the press over four decades ago.

Since then she has written on a variety of topics and taken part in some significant controversies. In reading these letters today it becomes obvious that she always had something specific to say and said it frankly and sincerely.

Marie MacSweeney has published 'Our Ordinary World and Other Stories' (2004). She also published two collections of poems, 'Mother Cecily's Music Room' (2005) and 'Flying During the Hours of Darkness' (2009). Her stories and plays have been transmitted by RTE Radio One, where she also broadcasts occasional talks.

Drogheda Independent