Grey Matters

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In Praise of Older Women

I loved Schendlinger's article about older women writers, and immediately thought of Edna O'Brien and her latest stunning short story collection, 'Saints and Sinners'. True, the themes are familiar ones, but sadly Ireland has a new generation of work-seeking emigrants, which adds to the poignancy of the opening story 'Shovel Kings'. O'Brien's writing has stirred three generations of readers. I went to hear her read at the Flatlake Literary Festival in 2008, in a circus tent no less, and there were four generations there, even toddlers, and she had us all in the spell of her lovely voice. I was so delighted that she deservedly won (the first Irish writer to do so) the Frank O'Connor prize---and the 35,000 euros!

Angela more than 4 years ago

Yes!

A sort of new book proves young is not always the way to go. And your Gray Matters or is it Grey? piece shows black and white is just a touch too limited.

patricia l morris more than 4 years ago

Yes!

A sort of new book proves young is not always the way to go. And your Gray Matters or is it Grey? piece shows black and white is just a touch too limited.

patricia l morris more than 4 years ago

Grey Matters

I take great delight in reading stories and articles written by or about, women writers in their middle age and beyond so Gray Matters by Mary Schendlinger tickled my fancy. I applaud Schendlinger for sharing her views on the writings of Diane Athill and the other women writers. Gray Matters inspired and encouraged me. I'm a middle-aged woman writer who greatly appreciates the wit and wisdom shared by these strong and articulate women. Age or life challenges didn't stand in their way. I can learn so much from them. It's just a matter of taking the time to read or listen to what they have to say.

Anne-Marie Hood more than 4 years ago

Somewhere Towards The End:

Somewhere Towards The End: Mary's humour and how she blends her own experiences with the lessons given by Diana Athill, as well as other articles by Strong Women Writers who are getting older, can inspire more of us to to age with purpose and grace!

Sharon Cairney more than 6 years ago

Time for the editors to speak out

Great piece, Mary. I am learning...

Ann Diamond more than 6 years ago

Diana Athill, late middle age

It's nice to read about the graces of growing older and staying smart and feisty in this reflective piece by an Old Broad who writes well. It's also encouraging to hear about what seems to be a calmer life on the horizon, while still in the throes of early middle age, with its hot flushes, night sweats and mad interior monologues.

Anonymous more than 6 years ago

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