Anthology emphasises women’s place at heart of Irish literarature

Fiction: The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers, Edited by Sinéad Gleeson, New Island, €19.95

27th September, 2015
Maeve Brennan: astonishing prose

‘Pick up any anthology of Irish short stories published between 1950 and 1990,” writes Sinéad Gleeson in her introduction to The Long Gaze Back, “and there was a certain amount of predictability when it came to who was included.” It wasn’t that there was a shortage of women writers – “but collections published before 1980 simply didn’t include them in large numbers”.

Gleeson, a well-known arts...

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