Tearing Stripes off Zebras is an anthology of new literary writing by thirty-three women who, at one time or another, have participated in the WEB writers’ group which emerged in the mid-1980s after some contributors attended workshops organised by the Women’s Education Bureau (WEB), the national association of Irish women writers. WEB was the brainchild of Arlen House founder Catherine Rose, who appointed poet Eavan Boland as Creative Director.

As an editor at Arlen House from 1978, Boland did much extraordinary work to develop, mentor and promote Irish women writers. The founders of WEB writers’ group initially met at these empowering, transformative workshops, and they have been meeting continuously for almost forty years, making WEB one of the longest-running writing groups in Ireland. Over the decades, WEB writers and alumni have established highly successful literary careers, publishing books, having plays and film scripts produced, and winning prestigious literary prizes.

The anthology includes poetry, prose and drama by Ivy Bannister, Sheila Barrett, Louise C. Callaghan, Susan Connolly, Colette Connor, Mary Rose Callaghan, Celia de Fréine, Catherine Dunne, Philomena Feighan, Shauna Gilligan, Antonia Hart, Phyl Herbert, Pat Hickey, Joan Leech, Antoinette McCarthy, Ann McKay,  Marilyn McLaughlin, Liz McManus, Lia Mills, Sara Mullen, Patsy J. Murphy, Helena Nolan, Clairr O’Connor, Mary O’Donnell, Beth O’Halloran, Nessa O’Mahony, Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, Anne Roper, Susan Schreibman, Monica Strina, Dolores Walshe, Breda Wall Ryan, Máiríde Woods

This anthology of new poetry, prose and drama, edited by Nessa O’Mahony, is dedicated to the memory of Eavan Boland.

9781851323005 paperback, €20
9781851323104 limited edition hardback, €50



Saturday 16 September 2023 at 3.00pm

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