Stop 6 on The Juno Charm virtual tour takes me to Mel Ulm's blog, The Reading Life, in the Philippines. A snippet of our conversation:
Mel: Your poems and short stories assume a good knowledge, for example, of European painting and French history. My question then is do you think there is a "Joyce" effect in your work? Does the heritage of Joyce, Yeats, and Beckett drive the standards of acceptable writing among Irish writers to higher levels than one might find elsewhere?
Me: Well, I think there is definitely a sense of our literary heritage hovering over our heads. We all learn the greats at school (Yeats, Kavanagh, Boland et al) and so we are steeped in them from a young age.
Read the rest here.