IN THIS ISSUE
Most women spend hours of their time and thousands of euro annually in pursuit of anti-ageing. What is it about growing older that scares us so much: Slowing down, feeling lonely, being less mobile? Yet these are all things that can be embraced rather than feared. On page 36, Lucy Fry explains why getting older can bring many wonderful things to your life. Self-consciousness makes way for confidence and self-awareness as we reach an age at which we’ve realised our limitations and finally accepted ourselves. Experience also leads to better cognitive performance, meaning you become more motivated with an improved focus. So next time you’re about to complain about ageing, remember you’re not just getting older, you’re also getting better. The rise of female comedians in Ireland has breathed fresh life into the genre here. One of the most impressive voices in the revolution has been Alison Spittle, who has deservedly been given her own sitcom on RTÉ, Nowhere Fast, which starts this week. On page 32, Alison tells how she has worked extremely hard to get her work recognised and has some sterling advice for anyone who wants to get ahead: Ask for things you’re not ready for, as that way, you’ll pressure yourself towards success. The Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards has announced the shortlists for this year’s celebrations. See page 42 for the six authors in the cookbook section – and find out how you can vote.