Sr Noela Fox, a Wagga Presentation Sister, has written an historical novel about Nano Nagle, entitled “A Dream Unfolds”. It was launched in Ireland on 26 April, Nano’s Memorial Day. http://www.presentationsistersunion.org/news/view_article.cfm?id=2104&loadref=16 The book is a result of an international competition where writers were invited by to submit their first Chapter. Entries were received from around the world and a panel of publishers chose Noela's as the winner.
The Wagga Sisters are hoping to organise a printing of the book here in Australia and are wondering whether NEAA schools might be interested in purchasing a copy(ies).
If they had orders for a total of 1000 copies, the Wagga sisters would print the title in Australia for a cost approx $15. If not, they will be talking to Ireland about shipping the numbers required, at an increased cost.
At this stage, schools are invited to forward expressions of interest re purchase of “A Dream Unfolds”, to Anne Young at firstname.lastname@example.org indicating number of copies, who will collate and forward on to the Wagga sisters.
An Ordinary Irishwoman with an Extraordinary Vision A Dream Unfolds recounts the true story of Nano Nagle, the founder of the Presentation Sisters. Combining accurate historical detail with fiction, it is a moving testimony to both Nano Nagle’s life’s work and the woman herself. We encounter the qualities that make her such a remarkable and trailblazing figure in Irish history: her strength, audaciousness, prudence, compassion, persistence and, above all, her unshakable conviction that God would bring her dream to fruition. The story begins during Nano’s childhood in the early eighteenth century, when the rights of Irish Catholics were severely curtailed by the Penal Laws. Restricted from education in Ireland, Nano travels abroad for her studies, after which she is temporarily bewitched by the glamour of Parisian society: however, a chance glimpse of he poor and destitute on the city streets has a profound effect on the young girl, and alters her life forever. Following her return to Cork, Nano’s awareness of the poverty in her society deepens, and she decides to defy the social, economic and religious sanctions of the time by educating poor Catholic children and improving their living conditions. As her charitable works grow, she gradually forms a plan to establish her own religious order, and she sets about doing so at great personal risk.