Caelainn Hogan is a writer and journalist from Ireland. Her first book Republic of Shame is published by Penguin.
Republic of Shame explores and documents the ongoing legacy of the religious-run institutions in Ireland. Until alarmingly recently, the Catholic Church, acting in concert with the Irish state, operated a network of institutions for the concealment, punishment and exploitation of ‘fallen women.’ In the Magdalene laundries, girls and women were incarcerated and condemned to servitude. And in the mother-and-baby homes, women who had become pregnant out of wedlock were hidden from view, and in most cases their babies were adopted – sometimes illegally.
In 2015, as an Overseas Press Club Fellow based in Nigeria’s megacity of Lagos, Hogan 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, she spent time in South Africa as an International Reporting Project fellow, reporting on sex workers’ access to healthcare and the campaign for decriminalization. She has 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.
Her work has been published in National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, New Statesman, The Washington Post, Al Jazeera English, Harper’s, The Guardian, VICE Magazine, The Dublin Review, The Irish Times