Photo by Spiros Politis
She’s opinionated, brash, funny and if you happen not to like her, I have the feeling she doesn’t care too much. She is a woman very much comfortable in her own skin. Last night, Sinead Gleeson interviewed Caitlin Moran in the National concert Hall as part of the Dublin Writer’s Festival 2013. It was an enjoyable and entertaining hour and a half which speed by as Caitlin loves to talk and shared her opinions on abortion, feminisim, royalty, fame, modern culture and vaginas of course. She bounced on stage wearing a tartan shirt, ripped denim shorts and wild, unruly hair. Clearly loving the sold out audience, she was eager to talk and barely let sinead ask the questions!
My favourite story was the one where she appeared on the Late Late Show and it was funny to see an outsider’s perspective on the long-running talk show. Even on the night she appeared, the line up was eclectic featuring a woman who had gone round Ireland on a donkey in tribute to her late husband, Rosanna Davison who was due to appear topless in Playboy, a boy playing tin whistle, and a Swan Lake ballet recital!
She is unapologetic in her attitude, openly swearing and regularly likes to attend events and meetings looking like a tramp. She has written two books, a memoir ‘How to be a Woman’ and more recently a compilation of her writing ‘Moranthology’. She spoke of her Irish heritage – her dad is Irish and she brought him back a pint of Guinness from the home country the first time she visited here. She is from a council estate in Wolverhampton and has written a sitcom about it that has recently been commissioned. She spoke about interviewing Lady Gaga, listed Sarah Ferguson as an early influence, gave her views on our current abortion laws and her respect for Lena Denham.
At the end, they opened the floor to questions with a cheeky journalist student asking for a soundbite; how some women prefer the term equalism to feminism and ending with of course vaginas. Caitlin received a standing ovation which she was delighted and quickly tweeted a photo. The night was indeed a success and sure we need more women with strong opinions who aren’t afraid to say how they feel.