Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture celebrates International Women’s Day with a series of events throughout the day.


World-renowned author and poet Margaret Atwood to headline Galway 2020’s International Women’s Day celebrations on Sunday 8 March.


7 March

Meet ‘always a Derry Girl’ Susan McKay with ‘newbie’ Derry Girl Siobhan McSweeney as they chat about eye rolling nuns, tongue in cheekery and the state of the North in a winding conversation through Siobhan’s life as an actor on stage and screen and her inspirational views on the world at large. – Event page


8 March

Galway 2020 will open International Women’s Day with RAGADAWN, a unique outdoor sunrise performance by international poet and sound artist Caroline Bergvall . This multisensory composition for two live voices, a dawn chorus of multiple recorded languages, alongside a special vocal work for soprano by Gavin Bryars, invites audiences to follow the slow rising of day. A powerful and moving voice performance that reconnects audiences to time, place and each other. Event page


Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale has become a symbol of women’s struggle against oppression.  On this important day, special guest Atwood remarks upon her remarkable career, and the inspiration for her extraordinary new book, The Testaments.

Hosted by Susan McKay, Atwood’s conversation will round out a full programme of International Women’s Day events by Galway 2020, bringing the weekend to an inspirational finish. Event page


Join recent winner of the EU Prize for Literature, Jan Carson, for a discussion about her exhilarating new novel The Fire Starter with Galway’s own Elaine Feeney.  Wowing critics with its magic realist take on modern-day Belfast, it has been hailed as ‘gripping, affecting and surprising’ (Lisa McInerney), ‘the best book I’ve read all year’ (Joseph O’Connor), ‘spectacular’ (Donal Ryan) and ‘exhilarating’ (Roddy Doyle). This event is made possible through the support of the EUPL and Doubleday Ireland. Event page


Tickets will go on sale at 10am on Wednesday, 18 December.
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