The University of Limerick will host a two-day literary conference titled “Behind the Lines: Women, War and Letters 1880-1922” to explore the conjunctions of gender and the wars that dominated the public sphere in many places (Ireland prominently among them) in the period. Organised as part of a research cluster within the UL/ NUIG Gender ARC, we have speakers coming from seven countries, delivering papers on a wide range of topics. Our plenary speakers are Professor Lucy McDiarmid (Montclair), who will give a paper titled ‘Undressing on the Asgard: Very Private Places in Irish Women's War Memoirs’; and Professor Matthew Campbell (York) who will speak on ‘Dora Sigerson's Sad Years’. The conference will also host readings by author Lia Mills (whose novels include Another Alice and Nothing Simple) and Honor O Brolcháin (editor of All in the Blood, the memoirs of Geraldine Plunkett Dillon). In conjunction with the conference, the Glucksman Library will host an exhibition and reception in Special Collections to showcase holdings of relevant manuscripts and early books.

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