A talk by Eibhear Walshe
Date: Saturday 29th April
Venue: Tullycross Church
In the 1950s, the celebrated Irish novelist Kate O’Brien lived and worked in Roundstone, publishing her last two novels and her biography of Teresa of Avila. Kate O’Brien was, in her own time, a widely read, accessible novelist in Britain, Ireland and the United States. She wrote for such respected literary journals as The Spectator, The Bell and The Irish Times, broadcast regularly for Radio Eireann and the BBC, and adapted her best-selling novels for the stage in London and on Broadway. One novel, That Lady, even became a Hollywood movie. In her fictions, Kate O’Brien was a subversive, inventing a literary identity for her own Irish bourgeois class. Proud of her Irish middle-class origins, she was, nevertheless, antagonistic to the insular moral codes and the censorship laws of the newly emergent Irish Republic. In this talk, her biographer, Eibhear Walshe will talk about her life and her career, her love of Spain, her time in Roundstone and her clashes with censorship.
Eibhear Walshe’s books include Kate O’Brien: A Writing Life, (2006), Oscar’s Shadow : Wilde and Ireland, (2012), and A Different Story: The Writings of Colm Tóibín (2013). His childhood memoir, Cissie’s Abattoir (2009) was broadcast on RTE’s Book on One. His novel, The Diary of Mary Travers was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Novel of the Year Award 2015 and longlisted for the 2016 International Dublin Literary Award.