Political Animals - dlr LexIcon, The Studio


Date: Thursday March 22nd
Venue: dlr LexIcon, The Studio
Time: 12pm
Cost: €4
Age: 5th Class +

2 Teachers free per class

Chaired by Claire Hennessy, join Anna Carey and Sheena Wilkinson as they discuss through their novels, how people's political interests come about.  In particular, in 2018, on the centenary of women's suffrage, we take a look at how the campaign to secure 'votes for women' was won. In Anna Carey's The Making of Mollie, Mollie Carberry's life seems pretty dull until she discovers that her older sister Phyllis is a suffragette! When she and her friend Nora get involved they must face the question of how far a girl should go for her beliefs.  In Sheena Wilkinson's Star by Star, we meet Stella who has always looked forward to changing the world. It’s November 1918. The great flu pandemic sweeping the world has robbed Stella of her mother and her home, and she’s alone in a strange country, with an aunt she’s never met.  But change is coming – the war is over, and women are about to vote for the first time.  Stella realises that she can indeed change the world. Not alone, and not all at once. But just as stars come one by one to brighten the night sky, so history is made person by person, girl by girl. 

Anna Carey is a freelance journalist from Drumcondra in Dublin who has written for the Irish Times, Irish Independent and many other publications. Anna joined her first band when she was fifteen and went on to sing and play with several bands over the next fifteen years. Her last band, El Diablo, released two albums and toured all over the country. Her first novel for young readers, The Real Rebecca, won the Irish Book Awards Children's Book of the Year award. 

Sheena Wilkinson writes contemporary realistic fiction for children and young adults. Since the publication of her first novel, the multi-award-winning Taking Flight, she has been established as one of Ireland's most acclaimed writers for children and teenagers.Taking Flight won the CBI Honour Award for Fiction as well as the Children’s Choice Award. It was named as a White Raven by the International Youth Library and got a place on the IBBY Honour List. Its sequel, Grounded also won the CBI Children’s Choice award as well as the overall Book of the Year. Too Many Ponies, for readers 9+, was also shortlisted for the CBI awards, making that three out of three. Sheena\'s latest YA title, Still Falling, was published in 2015, as was Name upon Name, a historical novel for older children.In 2013-14 she was the first CBI Bringing to Book Writer in Residence at the Church of Ireland College of Education in Rathmines. She is a professional mentor for NUI Galway, and tutors for the Arvon Foundation.