This is the most comprehensive corpus of Irish women's writing ever published. A life-long resource, each encounter prompting fresh insights and new discoveries. Features the work of both familiar and undiscovered or under-appreciated writers. Many of the sources are previously unpublished. This book harnesses the skills and expertise of dozens of scholars and specialists. Interdisciplinary approach allows insight into areas of the Irish experience beyond the reader's area of interest. Biographies and bibliographies of writers facilitate further reading and research. Fully indexed and cross-referenced with earlier volumes, including index to first lines of poetry. Spans a period from 600AD to the end of the end of the Twentieth Century. Many Irish texts appear in translation for the first time allowing unprecedented access to these rare texts.