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Repeal the 8th Anthology

A collection of stories, essays, poetry and photography around the movement for reproductive rights in Ireland by Una Mullally (editor)

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The Synopsis

Context: abortion is illegal in almost every circumstance in Ireland north and south.

Ireland is the only democracy in the western world to have a constitutional ban on abortion.

This is depressing and oppressive, but people are trying to change things.

The movement to repeal the 8th amendment, which is our constitutional ban on abortion, and make abortion legal in Ireland has been growing hugely over the last few years.

This movement is vibrant and urgent, coloured by righteous anger, people power, protest, and good old fashioned activism.

But it is also coloured by literature and art.

This fight for women in Ireland to rightfully claim their bodily autonomy in the eyes of the law stands on the shoulders of many people who have gone before us, many of whom are still fighting for women’s reproductive rights today.

This fight has created a new energised grassroots movement. All around the country and throughout the diaspora, Irish people and people who have made Ireland their home, are having conversations about how to change things. Protests are growing, groups are forming, for the first time women are opening up about being forced to travel for medical care en masse.

As this movement grows and develops, what’s becoming clear is the amount of amazing art and literature that is being created around it. There are poems and murals, essays and personal testimonies, photography projects and graphic design.

What I want to do with a book about this, is capture this movement, through the literature, personal stories, opinions, photography, art and design that is emerging from it so beautifully, and collect it in an anthology that has never been made before.

Here are three reasons that I think this anthology is worth making.

1. It will feature amazing writers, poets, artists and others that will stimulate and reflect a moment of huge social importance in Irish history.

2. These voices need to be heard. In newspapers and across broadcast media the debate around reproductive rights is a pitched battle. But we know that there is much more nuanced and smart writing there to be heard and collected.

3. In years to come when women in Ireland have bodily autonomy, we will have this book as an archive, a reference point for where the movement was, how it grew, and the dignity and beauty of the art that came from it.

You can help make it happen.

By pledging your support to this project, you’ll help make this anthology come into being, and your support will also earn you exclusive rewards detailed on this page.

You'll also be supporting The Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment. Once the initial subscription has been raised, then I'll be donating 50% of my profits to them.

Thank you.


The Author

Una Mullally is an award-winning journalist with the Irish Times, author and broadcaster. She contributes opinion pieces to The Guardian, and has also written for Granta. She writes two weekly columns for the Irish Times covering areas including Irish and global politics, social justice issues, LGBT rights issues, feminism and technology, and also writes features and interviews. She co-founded the award-winning Irish Times Women’s Podcast, and presents and produces television programmes. Her first book In The Name Of Love was a critically acclaimed oral history of the movement for marriage equality in Ireland. She was named Journalist of the Year (2015) at the Irish GALAS LGBT Awards, was presented with the Praeses Elit Award (2016) from Trinity College Dublin, and the Foy-Zappone Award (2016) from University College Dublin. She co-founded the touring queer spoken word event Come Rhyme With Me and in 2016 was awarded a residency at Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris where she worked on a long-form poetry project. She lives in Dublin.

Questions & Answers

Hello, I was wondering if you could explain how the works will be selected? Is there an open submission or is it by invite from the editor?

Una Mullally Una Mullally replied:

Hi Maureen, thanks for getting in touch! Currently it's on an invite/request basis, but that may change as the project progresses, so I'll keep you in the loop. Una

Rosemary West Rosemary West asked:

Hi, can you advise which formats the ebook is available in?

Unbound Unbound replied:

Hi Rosemary,

Thanks for getting in touch. We create our ebooks in 3 formats: ebup. (for Apple and other ereaders), mobi. (for kindle) and PDF. These are DRM free so you can download them as many times as you like.

Best wishes,

Caitlin - Community Manager

The Rewards

All supporters get their name printed in every edition of the book. All levels include immediate access to the author's shed.

$10
Thank You
A thank you shout out on Twitter from Una and the warm happy feeling of knowing you helped make this book happen. Plus your name in the back of the book.
📖 Pledge $10 27 pledges
$15
Digital
An ebook edition of the book, plus your name in the back of the book.
📖 Pledge $15 38 pledges
$25
Badges and Digital
A selection of pro-choice badges, the ebook and your name in the back of the book.
📖 Pledge $25 22 pledges
$30
Hardback
A first edition of the hardback plus the ebook and your name in the back of the book.
📖 Pledge $30 99 pledges
$45
Collectable
A signed first edition of the hardback plus the ebook and your name in the back of the book.
📖 Pledge $45 17 pledges
$45
Dedicated
A signed and personally dedicated first edition of the hardback plus the ebook and your name in the back of the book.
📖 Pledge $45 45 pledges
$80
Art Print
A repeal the 8th-related print by a contributing artist, a signed and personally dedicated first edition of the hardback plus the ebook and your name in the back of the book.
📖 Pledge $80 20 pledges
$110
Launch Party
Two tickets to the book launch party, a signed and personally dedicated first edition hardback, plus the ebook edition.
📖 Pledge $110 25 pledges
$165
Feminist Book Recommendation
A copy of a book chosen by Una from her feminist book shelf, badges, a signed and personally dedicated first edition hardback, plus the ebook edition.
📖 Pledge $165 4 pledges
$325
Book Club Package
Five signed first edition of the hardback for your book club, plus a visit by Una to your book club (if possible, alternatively via Skype), the ebook and five names in the back of the book.
$435
Feminist Tour of Dublin
A personal walking tour of feminist Dublin for you and up to four of your friends, plus five copies of the book, the ebook and your name in the back of the book.
$5,500
Patron
Your named printed in the front of the book, thanking you for your contribution and support, plus ten signed first editions of the hardback, the ebook and your name in the back of the book.