Dermot Bolger in conversation with Gene Kerrigan
For over three decades Gene Kerrigan has been an essential and influential voice in Irish life; as a commentator of current affairs in The Sunday Independent, as a writer whose last novel won the UK Crime Writers Association award for best crime novel of the year and as the author of a series of acclaimed non-fiction works that have explored the realities of contemporary Ireland: Hard Cases, Another Country and This Great Little Nation. His most recent book, The Scrap, vividly depicts the reality of events of the Easter Rising through the prism of the experiences of one ordinary rebel unit from North Dublin, following them from their first skirmish in Fairview right into the burning heart of the GPO. In conversation with Dermot Bolger, Gene Kerrigan discusses the impetus behind the writing of The Scrap, his childhood in Cabra and reflects on the changing Ireland that his work has explored since he first made his name with Magill magazine several decades ago. It promises to be a unique insight into the mind of one of our most pertinent social and political commentators and his take on Ireland’s past and present.
Dermot Bolger is one of Ireland’s best known writers. His ten novels include The Journey Home, The Family on Paradise Pier and, most recently The Fall of Ireland. His first play, The Lament for Arthur Cleary, received the Samuel Beckett Award; his acclaimed Ballymun Trilogy of plays has been staged in several countries and his works translated into numerous languages. Bolger writes for most of Ireland’s leading newspapers and in 2012 was named Commentator of the Year at the Irish Newspaper awards.
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