Author Anne Enright delivered the annual Irish Laureate for Fiction lecture in Dublin on 14 September. Here's a snippet:
In the last six years there has been a stream of notable debuts by Irish women, to complement the stream of notable debuts by Irish men. These women aren’t shy and unassuming (unless they are), nor are they screaming through the air, lunatic (unless they want to be). They are publishing in a time of cultural change, and into a new awareness, one that is fed by social media, acknowledged in print, supported by publishers and encouraged by festival curators.
It's a brilliant speech; alarmingly factual, infuriatingly troubling and hopeful. You can read more here.