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That They May Face The Rising Sun – John McGahern

Amongst Women (1991) is broadly considered to be McGahern’s masterpiece, but the quieter That They May Face The Rising Sun, from 2002, is the greater triumph, not least in its ability to depict the passing of time in the absence of traditional narrative. 363 more words


Encountering John McGahern in the Censors' Basement

The house in Pembroke Street, Dublin, that housed the Censorship of Publications Board, with their stock of banned books in the basement.

This is the text of a piece I wrote for Sunday Miscellany, broadcast on 25 January, 2015. 917 more words

Second person


I read a lot of John McGahern over the holidays, and also Claire Keegan’s ‘Walk the Blue Fields’. Both writers make use of the second person, and it really intrigued me – the POV is a fantastic way of really getting inside someone’s head. 1,636 more words

Creative Writing

Getting Started

A few months ago I started thinking about beginning a freelance writing and community teaching business.  My intention was to write articles for the local press initially and to eventually offer pieces to national magazines.   465 more words