A terrible Beauty is a two part series looking at the 1916 Rising through two books written by women, one fiction and one non-fiction related to the 1916 Rising and also World War 1. The books are Fallen by Lia Mills and Easter Widows by Sinéad McCoole.
One of the themes of the series is the absence of women’s voices from histories and novels around conflict and war. Through the programmes we will explore the history and experiences of the women during the Rising.
The programme will engage and connect with local North Dublin and Belfast communities through the use of reading groups from the local libraries and recorded workshops with the authors.
Prog 1: The first programme features Easter Widows, which is a non-fiction book by historian Sinead McCoole, that chronicles the lives of the seven widows of the leaders of the Easter Rising.
This programme has an interview with the author, Sinead McCoole, and a recorded workshop with a local book clubs including discussions around the book and the themes. The programme also features recorded excerpts from the book, read by local women.
Made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the Television Licence fee.