I recently read this very interesting article on the Irish Times website by John Boyne, author of The Hearts Invisible Furies.
In many of the tourist shops around Ireland you will find something known as the literary tea towel. It’s a collage of 12 great Irish writers all of which are men “most of whom look as if they’ve spent the morning drowning puppies.”
The article is a very interesting study on how female authors are treated in the industry and the struggle they face to have their work taken seriously. Read the article here.
“I’ve known men who, on showing me a proposed jacket design, have felt pleased by the seriousness of the approach, a sign that their work is intellectual and provocative. And I’ve known women who’ve had to fight tooth and nail to prevent a bare-legged girl lying on her back in a field of hay, laughing her pretty little head off while holding a forget-me-not, being the first image readers associate with their work.”
This is the collage and below is a proposed alternative.