|09.09.15 - Launch of About Sisterland at The Irish Writers Centre.
|August 2015 - Why I wrote About Sisterland - Q with Martina Devlin
Welcome to Sisterland. A world ruled by women. A world designed to be perfect. Here, women and men are kept separate. Women lead highly controlled and suffocating lives, while men are subordinate – used for labour and breeding. Set in the near future, About Sisterland is a searing, original novel which explores the devastating effects of extremism.
Where did the idea for About Sisterland come from?
It sprang from a book called Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935), an American writer, feminist, social activist and lecturer who urged economic independence for women. Her ideas were radical and ahead of their time. She also wrote a chilling short story about madness called The Yellow Wallpaper. She isn’t particularly known for humour, but Herland is a satire, and very funny. It was written in 1915, and tells the story of three male explorers who stumble on an all-female community in the Amazon jungle and are amazed to discover it's a utopia. Anyhow, it set me to thinking. And the more I reflected, the more I decided that an all-female community wouldn't be utopian. Quite the reverse. And then I had to explain why.
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|04.09.14 - Launch of The House Where It Happened at The Irish Writers Centre.
|The House Where It Happened
My historical novel The House Where It Happened is inspired by a true but little-known story about the last conviction for witchcraft in Ireland.
In 1711, in a remote corner of Antrim, eight women from the Ulster-Scots community were accused of being witches by a pretty young newcomer. A group trial followed, causing a sensation. What happened was Ireland’s version of the notorious Salem epidemic. But why did a seemingly normal girl claim she was bewitched? And why did a community turn against eight respectable women? Could the answer lie in the strange house where the supernatural activity was said to have taken place? Martina Devlin has fictionalised a compelling episode from history, transforming it into a spine-chilling tale. Her novel will be published by Ward River Press, a new Poolbeg imprint.