I am so at home in Dublin, more than any other city, that I feel it has always been familiar to me. It took me years to see through its soft charm to its bitter prickly kernel - which I quite like too.

Angela Bourke

Head Stuck in a Book

Images of women reading offer an edge: it might be rooted in a child’s anxiety about a mother whose attention is elsewhere, but often it’s an eroticised, voyeuristic feeling that we have caught the subject unawares. Writing culture assumes “the reader” to be male.

HEADS STUCK IN A BOOK

A woman reading is in a world of her own, not in the world of others managing or nurturing, where some think she belongs.