Hay Literary Festival in Kells, Co. Meath

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).


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