The Dublin Literature Festival hosts a discussion of this woman’s work with Sinéad Gleeson and more


This Woman’s Work: Essays on Music sparked an important conversation about the realities of women in the entertainment industry. At the Dublin International Literature Festival, author Sinéad Gleeson and contributors Margo Jefferson and Zakia Sewell will host a discussion around the book, which will take place tomorrow evening.

The Dublin International Literature Festival will feature Sinéad Gleeson and other writers for This woman’s work, an event highlighting the struggles women have faced to find a place in the music industry. The event will take place tomorrow evening, May 24, at Merrion Square Park and is also available online.

Gleeson has worked as an author, journalist and broadcaster, with his 2019 collection of essays, Constellations: reflections of life, which won it Non-Fiction Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards. She understands the power and importance of music, as her life has been shaped by its undeniable influence. She is also painfully aware of the realities of women in such a male-dominated industry.

This fact led Gleeson to create This Woman’s Work: Essays on Musicco-edited with Kim Gordon and supplemented with essays by contemporary writers such as Anne Enright, Ottessa Moshfegh, Jenn Pelly, Zakia Sewell and many more.

Pat Carty of Hot Press praised the book upon its release, writing, “Music is magic. You can try to explain it, write paragraphs about it…or put dots and squiggles on a staff, but conveying this mystery of how it makes us feel is a tricky business. This woman’s work shows how this can and should be done.

This woman’s work centers on the conversation surrounding sexism in the arts – music, film and literature – using the power of artful prose and personal storytelling.
Gleeson will take the stage at the Dublin Literature Festival alongside Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Margo Jefferson and writer and DJ Zakia Sewell. The three writers will discuss the musical inspirations behind the essays and pave the way for more in-depth and needed discourse on the topic of sexism in the music and arts industries.

The event is chaired by writer and broadcaster Louise McSharry through the Dublin International Literature Festival. Tickets are available for the evening, which takes place tomorrow May 24 at Merrion Square Park, The Synge. Both in-person and online participation are offered under ticket options via the festival website.

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