Eason Celebrates … Irish Women’s Fiction

Eason hosted a celebration of Irish Women’s Fiction at an intimate event on Thursday 31 March, 2011 in Eason O’Connell Street. The event provided readers with the opportunity to meet their favourite female writers.

The event was the first in an “Eason Celebrates….” series of literary events due to take place this year. The “Eason Celebrates…Irish Women’s Fiction” event was headlined by bestselling Irish fiction author, Patricia Scanlan, and was attended by an impressive line-up of 36 of Ireland’s most popular female literary talent.

Attendees included Patricia Scanlan, Cecelia Ahern, Sheila O’Flanagan, Claudia Carroll, Cathy Kelly, Melissa Hill, Deirdre Purcell, Marisa Mackle, Sinead Moriarty, Monica McInerney, Niamh O’Connor, Sarah Webb, Alex Barclay, Tana French, Kate Thompson (full line-up listed below).

Irish women writers accounted for an incredible 20% of general fiction sales in Ireland in 2010, and are estimated to be worth some €10million in sales.

Maria Dickenson, Head of Purchasing at Eason said, ‘We are extraordinarily lucky as booksellers as readers to have such a wealth of writing talent in Ireland, and our women writers are well-known and well-loved at home and abroad for their talent, imagination, warmth and humour. We wanted to take the opportunity to say thank you to our writers and to give members of the public the opportunity to celebrate their favourite writers!’

 

The full list of authors who attended the event and their most recent titles are as follows -

ALEX BARCLAY TIME OF DEATH
ALISON WALSH IN MY MOTHERS SHOES
AMANDA BROBYN CRYSTAL BALLS
ANNA MCPARTLIN SO WHAT IF IM BROKEN
CAROL COFFEY PENANCE ROOM
CASEY HILL TABOO
CATHERINE DUNNE MISSING JULIA
CATHY KELLY HOMECOMING
CECELIA AHERN GIRL IN THE MIRROR
CIARA GERAGHTY FINDING MR FLOOD
CLAIRE ALLAN ITS GOT TO BE PERFECT
CLAIRE DOWLING TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT
CLAUDIA CARROLL PERSONALLY I BLAME MY FAIRY GODMOTHER
COLETTE CADDLE ALWAYS ON MY MIND
DEIRDRE PURCELL PEARL
ELLA GRIFFIN POSTCARDS FROM THE HEART
EMMA HANNIGAN MISS CONCEIVED
FIONA O BRIEN WITHOUT HIM
KATE KERRIGAN ELLIS ISLAND
KATE THOMPSON THAT GALLAGHER GIRL
KATIE O’REILLY IMAGINATION STATION (TEEN AUTHOR winner of World Book Day comp)
LIZ LYONS COME THIS WAY HOME
MARISA MACKLE ALONG CAME A STORK
MARITA MCKENNA CONLON MOTHER OF THE BRIDE
MARTINA REILLY MOMENT LIKE FOREVER
MELISSA HILL TRUTH ABOUT YOU
MICHELLE JACKSON ONE KISS IN HAVANA
MONICA MCINERNEY AT HOME WITH THE TEMPLETONS
NIAMH O CONNOR IF I NEVER SEE YOU AGAIN
PATRICIA SCANLAN LOVE AND MARRIAGE
SARAH HARTE BETTER HALF
SARAH WEBB LOVING KIND
SHIELA O FLANAGAN PERFECT MAN
SHIRLEY BENTON LOOKING FOR LEON
SINEAD MORIARTY PIECES OF MY HEART
ZOE MILLER SINFUL DECEPTIONS