Dr Sonja Tiernan brings together political writings of Irish activist and authorThursday 18 June 2015
A new book edited by Senior Lecturer in History and Politics Dr Sonja Tiernan, which brings together key political writings of Irish author and activist Eva Gore-Booth, is to be launched this week.
The Political Writings of Eva Gore-Booth (Manchester University Press) will be launched at the University of Notre Dame in Dublin at an event which has been included in the Irish Government's Decade of Centenary programme.
The volume includes a selection of letters, political pamphlets, newspaper articles and poetry relating to key aspects of Irish and British events of the early twentieth century; events which are now entering centenary commemorations.
The volume is presented in three sections focusing on women’s suffrage and women’s trade unionism, pacifism and conscientious objection during the First World War, and Irish nationalism before independence.
Many of the writings are previously unpublished or, due to strict codes of wartime censorship, were never widely circulated. The book also uncovers new material in relation to Gore-Booth’s sister, Countess Markievicz and Gore-Booth’s own campaign for the reprieve of Roger Casement’s death sentence.
Dr Tiernan said: “While Ireland is currently in the midst of commemorating a decade of centenaries and Britain remembers those lost in World War One, the political writings in this book help uncover a complex interrelationship between Irish and English political subject matter at a tense time of Anglo-Irish relations.”