The Villanova Center for Irish Studies, in partnership with the Consul General of Ireland in New York, will welcome award-winning women writers from Northern Ireland to campus for an engaging literary panel discussion and readings around the topics of women’s rights, the sectarian divide, and social class on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. in the Topper Theater, John and Joan Mullen Performing Arts Center. Moderated by Irish author Yvonne Cassidy, the evening event will feature writers Lucy Caldwell (These Days), Jan Carson (The Raptures), and Michelle Gallen (Factory Girls).
This event is presented in partnership with Columbia University, NYU, and Georgetown University, with support from the Government of Ireland and Northern Ireland Bureau.
Co-sponsored by: Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership.
Supported by: Falvey Library, Department of English, Department of History, Department of Political Science, Department of Global & Interdisciplinary Studies, Gender & Women’s Studies, Center for Peace & Justice Education, Creative Writing Program, Writing Center, the St. Joseph’s University Irish Studies program, the Irish Diaspora Center of Philadelphia, and the Irish American Business Chamber & Network, Inc.
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“Born in Belfast in 1981, Lucy Caldwell is the award-winning author of four novels, several stage plays and radio dramas, and two collections of short stories: Multitudes (Faber, 2016) and Intimacies (Faber, 2021). Her most recent novel, These Days, won the 2023 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction.” (Lucy Caldwell official website.)
“Her debut novel Malcolm Orange Disappears and short story collection, Children’s Children, were published by Liberties Press, Dublin. A micro-fiction collection, Postcard Stories was published by the Emma Press in 2017. Jan’s novel The Fire Starters was published by Doubleday in April 2019 and subsequently won the EU Prize for Literature for Ireland 2019. She has been shortlisted for the Sean O’Faolain Short Story Prize, the BBC National Short Story Prize and An Post Irish Short Story of the Year Award,” and in 2016 won the Harper’s Bazaar Short Story Prize.” (Jan Carson official website.)
- The Fire Starters
- Children’s Children
- Postcard Stories
- Postcard Stories 2
- Malcom Orange Disappears
- The Last Resort
- The Raptures
- A Little Unsteadily into Light
“Michelle Gallen grew up in Northern Ireland during the Troubles a few miles from the border. She studied English Literature at Trinity College Dublin and Publishing at Stirling University. Her debut novel, Big Girl, Small Town, was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award. Her critically acclaimed second novel, Factory Girls, won the Comedy Women in Print award and was shortlisted for the RSL Encore Award. Both books are being adapted for TV.” (Michelle Gallen official website.)
“I was born in Dublin in 1974 and grew up in Dalkey, a small village about nine miles from the city centre. As a young adult I travelled a lot – summers in America, a year in Australia, a few years in London. In 2011, I moved to New York City where I live now with my wife. I’ve published four novels. I love to teach creative writing.” (Yvonne Cassidy official website.)
Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Library.