Laura Hackett comes from County Down, Ireland. She recently graduated from Oxford with a degree in English Literature, and the Charles Oldham Shakespeare Prize. She is about to begin a Masters in English 1550-1700, during the course of which she hopes to theorise early modern theatre as a womb-like space. She is also interested in archival work, having catalogued the Wilfred Owen archive in the Bodleian last year, and will be working part-time as an archivist in Brasenose College during her Masters course. Laura is also a freelance writer. Having written for and edited the Oxford Review of Books as an undergraduate, she was awarded the title of Student Critic of the Year by the Today Programme. She has since written for the TLS, the BBC and Review31. Laura is deeply passionate about Irish literature, female memoirs, writing on maternity and motherhood, and, of course, Renaissance literature. Laura can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @HackettLaura
Laura Hackett talks to acclaimed writer Sinéad Gleeson about uplifting the literary voices and stories of Irish women, art as a means to communicate pain and the role of storytelling during 2018’s historic referendum.
For women in Northern Ireland and a post-Repeal Republic telling stories which speak from the body and its traumas remains a powerful tool, argues Laura Hackett when considering the work of Sally Rooney, Lucy Caldwell, Sinéad Gleeson and others.