The Country Girls Writing Workshop with Dermot Bolger
The Continuing Character – Dermot Bolger
Not least of the achievements of Edna O’Brien’s Country Girls Trilogy is how she interweaves the worlds of her two central characters at different stages of their lives. In this workshop novelist Dermot Bolger examines the challenge of getting inside the head of the same characters for a second time and progressing their stories while remaining true to their original representation. In discussing how he depicted the early decades of his real life heroine, Eva Fitzgerald, in his classic 2005 novel, The Family on Paradise Pier, and then later used the same characters to explore Eva’s closing decades in his 2018 novel, An Ark of Light, Bolger explores questions of to how to blend the plot of one novel into the plot of its sequel; how to research fiction set in the period when The Country Girls is set and both the issues and responsibilities involved in basing fiction on real events, be they biographical or autobiographical.
Irish Writers Centre is paying homage to The Country Girls Trilogy and 1950s Ireland with bespoke offerings arising from themes in the books. Workshops will cover: researching social history for authentic writing about a period, or: giving literary voice to marginalised groups. Others will explore developing a character over time and into book sequels and the tricky task of writing sensual stories with the uncompromising flair of Edna O’Brien. Finally, we present a panel discussion focusing on class and urban/rural divides in Irish society, which are so evident in O’Brien’s writing – how do they manifest in Irish literature in 2019?
Featuring some of our most acclaimed Irish writers including Catherine Dunne, Nuala O’Connor, Dermot Bolger and Colm Keegan these free events are taking place in the Irish Writers Centre.
Funded by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature