Launch of Autonomy

Book Launch — Thursday, April 26, 2018

UCD Centre for Gender, Feminisms & Sexualities \,in conjunction with UCD for Choice, hosted a launch of Autonomy, a collection of poetry, fiction and essays edited by Kathy d’Arcy. The launch featured readings from contributors Sarah Clancy, Kathy D’Arcy, Eva Griffin and Matt Kennedy.

a book about taking our selves back

What is bodily autonomy?
What does it feel like when it’s taken away?

Autonomy is a women-led collection of stories, poems, memoirs, essays, articles, screenplays and more exploring what it means to have bodily autonomy. Read it if you don’t understand why no-one should ever be forced to stay pregnant against their will. Read it if you do understand, and would like to be part of the change.  All profits from the collection went to supporting those working to ensure that all women have access to the full range of reproductive healthcare, including safe, legal abortion. Contributors include Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Claire Hennessy, Sinead Gleeson, Eleanor Hooker, Angela Carr, Elaine Feeney, Sarah Clancy, and many others.

“This collection of thoughts, curated by Kathy D’Arcy, helps us to understand and to celebrate our self-determination – and to fight until women truly have what is due to all people: the right to decide.”
– Ann Furedi, BPAS Chief Executive and author of ‘The Moral Case for Abortion’ (Palgrave McMillan 2016)

Kathy D’Arcy is a Cork-based poet, writing teacher & pro-choice activist. Her website can be found here.

Further Reading

Interview with Kathy D’Arcy

Reviews of Autonomy in The Irish Times and Headstuff.