I actually got to my first literary festival (not including the Trim Swift Festival – because I’ve read satire in the Battle of the Books there) the one they call the Glastonbury for the mind.
Sunny Sunday afternoon, nipped into a few popup book shops with my daughter. While she and her Dad caught some GAA on a tv I attended the interview of John Boyne with Sean Rocks of RTE’s Arena. I even got in a question. “How does the author do his research for historical pieces?”
He said, write your first draft then research what you know is wrong.
He only writes about areas /eras he his has previously read about for pleasure. Suggests reading fiction of the era to get the nitty gritty of daily life not, visible in non fiction.
He wrote The House of Special Purpose in St. Petersburg. (lucky man).
I have been working on a piece along with fellow Boyne Writers and at our next encounter we shall take a vote and see which three will represent the group in the Battle of The Books on the evening of 4th July in The Trim Castle Hotel.
I must go and add in a few updates.
I have a piece to enter to NFFD ( National Flash Fiction day) can only be emailed on 22nd June to Stinging Fly.
Sunday 2nd June 2013 podcast of Sunday Miscellany
After the wonderful wedding of Finbar and Catriona on Friday I stayed in the leaba on Sunday morning to catch the show instead of my normal walk around the block.
Scorching hot today, had to edit out a kitten drowning in order to give a story a chance of going public.
Will the truth out in the end. Survival of the fittest etc. Who knows?
Spent day linking trip to Bray with the demise of the bumper car and Dads old Model T obsession.
Sunday Miscellany 2nd June 2013
Have a listen to the show, my piece is 3rd. It is all about painting, from first days in school to intercert in the 1980’s to adult evening classes.
Instructions: connect to link then scroll down and press play.
Recorded two pieces on 30th May in RTE radio centre.
The first called: “Renoir – the umbrellas – an inspiration” will be broadcast Sunday 2nd June 2013 on Sunday Miscellany.
The second piece called: “Laura Ingalls – Pioneer is recorded for future a broadcast.