A photograph of Caelainn Hogan

Caelainn Hogan was born in Dublin in 1988. Her journalism has featured in The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, The New Yorker (online), VICE Magazine, The Guardian, Al Jazeera English, The Irish Times and The Dublin Review. Republic of Shame is her first book. She talked with Noelle Brown at the Dingle Literary Festival 2020.

Since 2010, I have reported internationally on issues of conflict, migration, and marginalisation. After several years freelancing, I completed an M.A. at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and interned on the health and science desk of The Washington Post. In 2015, as an Overseas Press Club Fellow based in Nigeria’s megacity of Lagos, I worked with the Associated Press and reported from the north on the work of female activists, the politics of language and the Boko Haram conflict. In 2016, I spent time in South Africa as an International Reporting Project fellow, reporting on sex workers’ access to healthcare and the campaign for decriminalisation.

I have reported from within Syria during the conflict, writing about everyday people living amidst the war, from cancer patients seeking treatment across front lines to young brides whose fathers had been forcibly disappeared.

I am currently based in Dublin writing about inequality, politics and legacy.

Join Caelainn Hogan, author of Republic of Shame: How Ireland Punished ‘Fallen Women’ and Their Children, as she talks to Bessborough mother-and-baby home survivor and playwright Noelle Browne.  Saturday 21 November at 11.00am GMT

The Dingle Literary Festival was established in 2019 to create an annual book festival in West Kerry. It’s a literary festival that celebrates living writers as well as honouring the literary heritage of the area. Festival events happen in both Irish and English and range across all genres and age groups.

Our vision is of a festival where literature, language and landscape converge to create moments to share stories, to connect minds and allow magic to blossom. It is a place that sparks discussion, fosters innovation and collaboration in the arts and creates a multigenerational community of readers and writers.

The Dingle Literary Festival is a book festival that elevates and celebrates the richness of Irish language and literature in contemporary life. We encourage a vibrant, relevant literary community to support both established and emerging writers.