Anna Parnell, reviews

Petticoat Rebellion review in Irish Times newspaper

Anne Dolan, a lecturer in Irish history at Trinity College, Dublin, wrote an excellent review of Petticoat Rebellion which was published in the Irish Times newspaper on Wednesday 5th August.

The review says that “Petticoat Rebellion portrays an Anna Parnell who understood the need for revolution on the land in a way that her brother never could; it depicts a progressive advocate of women’s social and political rights, and Groves’s portrayal might be right. Anna Parnell’s politics were the politics of building shelters for the evicted, the politics of the activist who could brook no compromise not even from her own brother, whom she considered a traitor for signing the Kilmainham Treaty.”

Anne’s only criticism of the book is that “it chooses not to question her [Anna’s] sometimes extreme methods, her obsessive need to revise the published version of events, or why she died the unknown Cerisa Palmer”. I would argue that Anna was only considered extreme by those who criticised her for being so active in her defence of the rural poor, and of her mission to ensure that the events of the day were accurately recorded.

In closing, however, Anne remarks that the book was written as a celebration of Anna’s life and work, and is “a gentle reminder that perhaps we need to consider “Madam Moonlight” a little more”. This, ultimately, was my primary motivation for writing the book, and I am delighted with Anne’s assessment.

You can read the full review in the Irish Times online

Climate Change, Patricia Groves, Short Films

Patricia Groves – Portfolio and Bio

I’m Trish Groves, a writer.  I write for film, television, multimedia, print and publication.  “Petticoat Rebellion – The Anna Parnell Story”, my first historical biography, has just been published by Irish publisher Mercier Press, and is available in all good Irish bookshops and online bookstores.

Here are some samples of my work in film/multimedia:

I wrote and produced ‘Rapunzel – The Blonde Years’, which was funded by the Irish Film Board under its Virtual Cinema Scheme in 2008.

Rapunzel has screened at a series of major international film festivals including Darklight (Ireland), the Galway Film Fleadh (Ireland), the WOW World of Women Film Festival (Australia), the 11/22 International Short Comedy Film Festival (Austria) and the Notting Hill Film Festival (UK)…and it’s still doing the festival circuit.

I was assistant director to Vittoria Colonna on two music videos in 2009 for composer/performer Julie Feeney from her second album “Pages”, which was produced by Mark Kelly of Grey Man Films – here are two catchy hits “Love is a Tricky Thing”, which was filmed at 22 locations over 2 days, and “Impossibly Beautiful” which was filmed in de Studio in Dublin.

And last but not least, Save Tara Valley is a short documentary that was made in 2007 under the Creative Commons using footage from three filmmakers.  This is aerial art project featuring a human insallation on the ancient Hill of Tara by renowned aerial artist and climate change activist John Quigley, with an interview with filmmaker/activist Stuart Townsend, writer/director of Battle in Seattle.

And, as we screenwriters always say, “I have an interesting slate of projects in development”…watch this space!