Rocking The System (in Galway!)
As we celebrate 100 years of Womens' Suffrage and honour the fantastic and inspirational women throughout history, Rocking the System by Siobhan Parkinson (illustrated by Bren Luke) has been released into the wild recently and I think it's publisher, Little Island have every right to be extremely proud. This exceptional book is a collection of twenty essays on Irish women, both historical and contemporary who have bucked the trends, defied cultural norms and brought forth great change in the social structure in Ireland and across the globe through their determination, resourcefulness, intrepid nature and intelligence. The lives of these brave and bold Irish women from all realms of life; politicians, artists, writers, social activists, rebels; are brought forth in a publication that is suitable for ages 10 to 100 years.
From the legendary Queen Mebh through to Mary Robinson to Sonia O'Sullivan, each of these women is given a voice here with a combination of factual information and a fluid writing style that makes this book a joy to read. This book is a MUST. Simply wondrous and inspiriting!
While Rocking the System was launch a short time ago in Dublin by Senator Ivana Bacik, I am especially delighted to announce the Galway launch will take place in the Galway Arts Centre this Thursday, 22 February. It's author, Siobhan Parkinson is originally from Loughrea, co. Galway. Siobhan is quite a legend herself. A multi-award winning author, she has worked tirelessly to bring outstanding books to young people and served as this countrys' first Laureate na nÓg (childrens' laureate.) Her energy and enthusiasm is awe-inspiring. Rocking the System will be launched by Dr. Micheline Sheehy-Skeffington, lecturer, academic and grand-daughter of Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington.
This will be an incredible evening for an incredible book.