Poet & Novelist Martina Evans’ Now We Can Talk Openly About Men was published in 2018. Born and raised in Cork, Martina Evans has been living in London for several years. Martina is an animated and engaging performer, and has a real talent for dramatic monologue and evoking multiple voices in her prose-poetry. Now We Can Talk Openly About Men is made up of dramatic monologues, in two parts, the first at the time of the Irish War of Independence, the second at the time of the Civil War. Martina uses two distinct narrative voices. First comes Mrs Kathleen (Kitty) Donovan, a dressmaker who is given to taking laudanum. She is followed by Miss Babe Cronin, a stenographer whose hapless friend has fallen in love with a young revolutionary. Both women contemplate – with humour – how the events they allowed themselves to be dragged into as young women lead to betrayal. This is a book of vivid contrasts: age and youth, women and men, the Irish and the English: complementary stories of balance, imbalance, and transition.