How do you tell the story of a life in a body, as it goes through sickness, health, motherhood? How do you tell that story when you are not just a woman but a woman in Ireland? In the powerful and daring essays in Constellations Sinéad Gleeson does that very thing. All of life is within these pages, from birth to first love, pregnancy to motherhood, terrifying sickness, old age and loss to death itself. Throughout this wide-ranging collection she also turns her restless eye outwards delving into work, art and our very ways of seeing. In the tradition of some of our finest life writers, and yet still in her own spirited, generous voice, Sinéad takes us on a journey that is both uniquely personal and yet universal in its resonance. Here is the fierce joy and pain of being alive.
“Utterly magnificent. Raw, thought-provoking and galvanising; this is a book every woman should read.” Eimear McBride
“Sinéad Gleeson has written one of those rare things, a wise and compassionate book full of truth and humility. There are universal themes here; love, the strength of women, survival against the odds. Beautiful prose, poetry and history woven together to make this a must-read and a masterpiece.” Kit De Waal
“Constellations is glitteringly brilliant… Political, poetic, tender and angry, a remarkable book and an astonishing debut.” Robert Macfarlane
In Notes to Self this vivid and powerful collection of essays, the first nonfiction book published by Tramp Press, Emilie Pine boldly confronts the past to better understand herself, her relationships and her role in society. Tackling subjects like addiction, fertility, feminism and sexual violence, and where these subjects intersect with legislation, these beautifully written essays are at once fascinating and funny, intimate and searingly honest. Honest, raw, brave and new, Notes to Self breaks new ground in the field of personal essays.
“Do not read this book in public: it will make you cry.” Anne Enright
“In the best testament of a good book, I have already recommended this to several people. And I’m doing the same here.” Sunday Times
Sinéad Gleeson’s essays have appeared in Granta, Winter Papers, Gorse, Banshee and Elsewhere Journal. In 2019 her debut essay collection, Constellations is published by Picador (April); she has a short story in Being Various: New Irish Writing (Faber, May...Read More
Emilie Pine is Associate Professor in Modern Drama at University College Dublin, Ireland. She has published widely on Irish culture, including reviews for RTÉ’s Arena, Irish Theatre Magazine and the...Read More
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