|Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - another 'difficultly named' writer - pic from The Guardian|
The Athlone Advertiser has a wee feature on my event with Gabriel Rosenstock at the Athlone Literary Festival on the 8th October.
They have my name spelt incorrectly but I am very used to that, having a name like mine. I remember when I was writing a few years, my Ma rang with a very serious voice. 'Now, there's something I need to talk to you about. Myself and your Da have been talking and we think you need to change your name.' I thought she was going to tell me someone had died!
Maybe I should have changed it back then (reverted to Nuala O'Connor) but that's my Ma's name and it's also a very well known TV producer's name, so I felt it would only lead to more confusion. So I kept my name and here we are: nobody can say or spell it. Mind you, it doesn't seem to have done Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie much harm. Pronounce that, people!
Anyway, I digress. Myself and Gabriel's event is on the writer and place: 'a discussion on the influence of landscape on writing' according to the programme. So I'd better get thinking about that.