|Belinda McKeon signing books at the Town Hall Theatre, Galway|
|Jennifer Johnston signing books at the Town Hall Theatre, Galway|
We talked about yearning, discomfort and language in fiction, as well as autobiography, parents and POV characters (male vs female main protagonists). We spoke about growing up as regards character development and parental hobbling in Jennifer's novel. We talked about the Irish writer's obligation when it comes to The Troubles in Northern Ireland. Both writers had plenty of interesting things to say and, really, an hour was far too short a spell to spend with them. We could've yammered on and on. If I loved both women before, I love them even more now.
|Long Gaze panel - pic by Majella O'Dea|
|Juno with Prospect Hill graffiti - Irish for 'Take courage'|
|A pretty poor pic of Sinéad Gleeson & Leslie Jamison|
|Me, signing and chatting - The Long Gaze Back|