MoLI is delighted to launch Past/Present/Pride, a series of conversations that will remember and celebrate UCD’s LGBTI+ literary alumni. Hosted by psychologist Dr Paul D’Alton, Past/Present/Pride will reflect on the work of writers associated with UCD across the decades – decades that have witnessed significant social change for members of the LGBTI+ communities in Ireland & beyond.
Past/Present/Pride is a collaboration between MoLI and UCD’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme. Over the last number of years UCD has made an explicit commitment to promoting an inclusive community where people identifying as LGBTI+ feel safe, valued and provided equal opportunity.
Episode 1: Emma Donoghue
In the first episode of Past/Present/Pride, Dr Paul D’Alton speaks with Emma Donoghue, author of over twelve novels, including Room, Akin, and Stir Fry. Across a rich hour of conversation, Donoghue, born in Dublin in 1969, touches on subjects as diverse as same-sex parenting, the tension between safety and freedom, coming out to her mother, and the power of fiction. Donoghue’s new novel, The Pull of the Stars (Pan Macmillan) is set in a Dublin hospital in 1918 during the height of the Spanish flu pandemic.