One City One Book, Belfast 2014

One City One Book

 This post is for my friend, DeNel, who will no doubt be curious about the 2014 book selection for Belfast’s Once City One Book: it is David Park’s, The Poet’s Wife.

 Sorry, no Kindle version available yet.

In interviews with a select group of Northern Irish authors, playwrights, arts administrators and, television presenters about other book recommendations from Northern Ireland, the titles (below) were mentioned; some were mentioned more than once. Probably because of the age of most of those who were asked, the books seem to disproportionately reflect Northern Ireland’s ‘troubles.’ Not surprisingly, [insert loud sigh], more men than women were asked to share their recommendations and, the single book authored by a woman would likely be classified as Young Adult, Romance. (Somewhere, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is sighing aloud too, and saying – again – that a novel doesn’t only have to be about one thing. But no one appears to be listening…)

This doesn’t take anything away from The Poet’s Wife, which I am planning to read. But, despite this list, there is no shortage of women writing in Northern Ireland. The local writing group is a good example of this. However, to read this rather predictable list, you’d think that it would be a very good idea for men to write about women, and for women who write, to publish on another planet. 

Recommended Titles:

The Truth Commissioner, David Parks

 Number 5, Glenn Patterson

 Across the Barricades (Young Adult), Joan Lingard

 Little Girl Lost, Brian McGilloway

 The Doctor’s Wife, Brian Moore

 The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, Brian Moore

 My Lady of the Chimney Corner, Alexander Irvine

 Divorcing Jack, Colin Bateman

 Cure, Carlo Gebler

 The Wayward Man, St. John Irvine

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3 thoughts on “One City One Book, Belfast 2014

  1. doctor d

    A most thoughtful post, thank you. Thank you for thinking of me, and for sharing this.

    “..to read this rather predictable list, you’d think that it would be a very good idea for men to write about women, and for women who write, to publish on another planet.” Brilliant. Just brilliant. If you were going to recommend women writers from Northern Island, who would be on this list?

    Reply
    1. nlsabbatical Post author

      I’ll post a list; in the meantime, I should have noted that the list appeared in The Belfast Telegraph newspaper. On Labour Day. Happy Labour Day to women writing everywhere!

      Reply

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