BOOK: Well, You Don’t Look It! Women Writers in Ireland Reflect on Ageing

Éilίs Nί Dhuibhne and Michaela Schrage-Früh, eds. 

Well, You Don’t Look It! Women Writers in Ireland Reflect on Ageing. Cliffs of Moher: Salmon Poetry, 2024.

No matter what age, we are getting older. Old age is a key stage of life, but this is the first anthology of creative writing on the topic compiling the work of contemporary women writers in Ireland. In these insightful essays, stories and poems, well-known and new writers reflect on their experience of ageing. Humorous, wise, critical and celebratory, this wide variety of views gives us important new perspectives on what it means to grow old in Ireland.

The anthology has emerged from the IRC funded research project “Restorying Ageing: Older Women Writers Reflect on Ageing” (2021/2022) in partnership with Age & Opportunity.

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Éilís Ní Dhuibhne  has published many collections of short stories, novels, books for children, in both Irish and English. She is a literary critic and facilitated the creative writing ‘Restorying Ageing’ workshop in 2022. She is a member of Aosdána and President of The Folklore of Ireland Society.

Michaela Schrage-Früh is Associate Professor in German and European Studies at the University of Limerick. She has published widely on ageing in German, Irish and comparative literature. She is Co-founder of the Women and Ageing Research Network and was Principal Investigator of the Irish Research Council-funded project ‘Restorying Ageing: Older Women and Life Writing” (2021-2022).