In 1324, Kilkenny heiress Alice Kyteler was accused of witchcraft by the Bishop of Ossory and her maidservant Petronelle was burned at the stake. Nothing is known of Petronelle bar her name, but in Her Kind bestselling author Niamh Boyce reimagines the story from the point of view of Petronelle and her daughter Basilia. Both lyrical and unflinching, Her Kind is a ‘shout through time’ (Nuala O’Connor), a rich and involving story of ambition, loss, misogyny and family love that gives voice to two of the silenced women in Kilkenny – and Ireland’s – past. In this fascinating talk – taking place, appropriately, in one of Kilkenny's iconic medieval spaces – Boyce reads from her acclaimed novel, and explores what inspired her to write about the Kilkenny Witch Trials.
'Boyce's writing....is always a pleasure to read...her prose strikes a perfect balance between the gritty and the sublime' The Irish Times