Women in Dark Times

Date: Saturday March 24th
Venue: dlr LexIcon, The Studio
Time: 4pm
Cost: €14 €12

Journalist and author Susan McKay hosts Professor Jacqueline Rose with award–winning author of The Lesser Bohemians and A Girl is A Half Formed Thing, Eimear McBride, for a lively discussion of both writers' work and their connection to each other. Jacqueline Rose is a long–time admirer of Eimear McBride's writing, once telling her that she was “high risk”. Jacqueline’s visionary Women in Dark Times, ranges across the 20th and 21st centuries, arguing vigorously that feminism is a work in progress. Unlikely fellow travellers German-Jewish painter Charlotte Salomon, revolutionary socialist Rosa Luxemburg and Hollywood actress Marilyn Monroe are women in “dark times” with the courage to bring the “unspeakable to light”.

Eimear McBride was born in Liverpool to Northern Irish parents, spending most of her childhood in Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo and  Castlebar, Co Mayo. In 1994, at seventeen, she went to London and spent the next three years studying acting at Drama Centre. Much of her twenties were spent temping and travelling. At twenty-seven she wrote A Girl is a Half-formed Thing. It won the 2013 Goldsmiths Prize, was shortlisted for the 2014 Folio Prize and won the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2014.  Of her second novel, The Lesser Bohemians, The New Yorker said this is “[A] propulsive coming-of-age story… imbued with a captivating sense of youthful excitement and vulnerability.”

Jacqueline Rose is internationally known for her writing on feminism, psychoanalysis, literature, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Her books include Sexuality in the Field of Vision, Verso Radical Thinkers, The Haunting of Sylvia Plath, States of Fantasy, The Question of Zion, The Last Resistance, Proust Among the Nations – from Dreyfus to the Middle East. She is also the author of the novel Albertine.  Women in Dark Times was published by Bloomsbury in 2014. Conversations with Jacqueline Rose came out in 2010, and The Jacqueline Rose Reader in 2011.  Mothers – An Essay on Love and Cruelty will be published by Faber, London, and by Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, New York, in April. A regular writer for The London Review of Books, she is a co-founder of Independent Jewish Voices in the UK and a Fellow of the British Academy. She is Professor of Humanities and Co-Director at Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, University of London.

Susan McKay is a writer from Derry, now living in Dublin. Her journalism has been widely anthologised, including in the Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing. She has written two critically acclaimed best sellers, Sophia’s Story, a biography of child abuse survivor Sophia McColgan, and Northern Protestants: An Unsettled People, a portrait of the community from which she comes, as well as a history of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, Without Fear. Her book on the aftermath of the Irish conflict – Bear in Mind These Dead – was published by Faber and Faber in 2008.