Book Launch – ‘Rocking the System: Fearless and Amazing Irish Women who Made History’
Thursday, February 22 @ 6pm
Galway Arts Centre, Dominick Street
‘Many battles have been won by these brave women and the unknown heroines who walked quietly alongside them. This book will inspire its readers to play their part in creating a world that is fair, harmonious and equal.’ – Sabina Higgins
Rocking the System by Siobhán Parkinson and illustrated by Bren Luke is a collection of twenty illustrated essays on Irish women, historical and contemporary, who have defied cultural norms around femininity and achieved great things.
The subjects include Irish women from Queen Medhbh to Garry Hynes, from Constance Markievicz to Sonia O’Sullivan, covering stateswomen, artists, writers, activists and rebels of all kinds.
Suitable for readers aged 11+, the book will also have a great appeal to teenagers and adults.
This book is published to celebrate the centenary of women’s suffrage, and Irish women’s remarkable achievements over the centuries.
Written by multi award-winning author and first Laureate na nÓg (Irish Children’s Laureate), Siobhán Parkinson, she comments ‘I’ve always seen the world from a feminist perspective, and the centenary of women’s franchise in these islands seemed like a great time to celebrate women who have made history – as suffragists, rebels, artists…’
Siobhán was born in Loughrea, Co. Galway, and fellow Galway locals Lady Gregory, Garry Hynes and Lelia Doolan feature as three of the twenty amazing women chosen for this book.
Join us at 6pm on Thursday 22 February in the gallery of the Galway Arts Centre at 47 Dominick Street – the former home of celebrated Irishwoman Augusta Lady Gregory – to celebrate the publication of this remarkable and timely book.
Dr Micheline Sheehy-Skeffington, lecturer, academic and granddaughter of Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington, will be launching Rocking the System, and there will be wine and superb conversation in abundance.