Anne Enright is the author of six novels, two books of short stories, and a book of essays. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, New Yorker, Paris Review, London Review of Books, and Guardian. In 2007, she won the Booker Prize for her novel The Gathering, and, in 2015, she was the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction. Her next novel, Actress, will be published in 2020.
In three urgent pieces of non-fiction Anne Enright explores speech and silence in the lives of Irish women: the long silence surrounding the Mother and Baby home in Tuam which was broken by the voice of Catherine Corless, the silence of Irish literary critics in response to work by women, and the reclaimed voice of the Irish writer Maeve Brennan.The short story form is celebrated with two new pieces of writing, and a biographical piece looks at the role of Canadian fiction in her reading life.
Introduction|No AuthorityLecture 1|Antigone in GalwayShort Story|The HotelLecture 2|Maeve Brennan
- Going Mad in New YorkShort Story|SolsticeLecture 3|Call yourself George
- Gender Representation in the Irish Literary LandscapeOh Canada
- Lecture delivered on the presentation of the UCD Ulysses Medal to Margaret AtwoodAfterword|Ennis, Armagh, Howth and Ballymun
- A Report from the Laureate 2015-18
Anne Enright discuses No Authority, writings from her Laureateship of Irish Fiction, on RTE Radio One.
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'It was time to grow up. It was also time to be the figure I needed in my life, to work on a horizontal axis, collapse hierarchies, look at things straight. It was time to judge things, not as I wanted them to be, but as they were. It was time I stopped looking upwards, for the big man who wasn’t there'.
Anne Enright: 'I've never been good with authority' in the Guardian, November 2019. Read the full piece here.
'throughout, the mood of these essays is lifted by the evidence, everywhere, that women are no longer putting up with it.'
Claire Wills, New York Review of Books, July 2020. Full review available here.