The twelfth and final day of Christmas, January 6th, was known in Ireland as Nollaig na mBan or Women’s Christmas or Little Christmas. As a reward for their hard work over the Christmas season, it was a day off from all house work for women and traditional roles were supposed to be reversed in the home: men did the women’s work in the house while women rested and gathered together informally. More at https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2020/0102/1103975-the-roots-and-traditions-of-nollaig-na-mban/
We can’t gather together so enjoy some of our One City One Book events with Edna O’Brien and Christine Dwyer Hickey from the comfort of your home.
An Evening with Edna O’Brien to celebrate The Country Girls Trilogy as the 2019 Dublin One City One Book. Edna O’Brien in conversation with Colum McCann, readings by actor Seána Kerslake and songs and music by Moya Brennan and Cormac de Barra. Wednesday 24th April 2019. The Round Room at the Mansion House, Dublin.
Edna O’Brien‘s speech in the Mansion House, Dublin at the launch of The Country Girls Trilogy as the 2019 Dublin One City One Book choice. 27th February 2019.
Christine Dwyer Hickey In Conversation with Niall MacMonagle, about her 2020 Dublin One City One Book book Tatty. In partnership with Dublin Book Festival. With music by pianist Leonora Carney, trumpeter Colm Byrne and piper Donnacha Dwyer. Filmed in Kevin St Library, September 2020.
Seána Kerslake reading from Tatty by Christine Dwyer Hickey