Jennifer Johnston in conversation with Roddy Doyle
Roddy Doyle once described Jennifer Johnston as “the best writer in Ireland”. In this encounter, we will hear Roddy Doyle discuss with Jennifer Johnston her 50-year career as one of Ireland's most important contemporary novelists. She explores and celebrates the small and important moments in life, the relationships and events that come to define the characters of her many award-winning novels. As she herself says, “I'd like people to find small truths in my work and go on doing so”.
Born in Dublin in 1930, Jennifer Johnston’s first novel, The Captains and the Kings was published in 1972. Since then, she has published many more novels, including Shadows on our Skin, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and The Old Jest, set during the War of Independence and which won the 1979 Whitbread Novel Award. The Old Jest was later filmed as The Dawning, starring Anthony Hopkins.
Roddy Doyle is the author of eleven novels, two collections of stories, two books of dialogues and Rory & Ita, a memoir of his parents. He has written seven books for children and has contributed to a variety of publications including The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Metro Eireann and several anthologies. He won the Booker Prize in 1993, for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha. Roddy has written for the stage and his plays include Brownbread and Guess Who’s Coming For The Dinner. He co-adapted with Joe O’Byrne his novel The Woman who Walked into Doors and he has written the stage adaptation for The Commitments. He also wrote the screenplays for The Snapper, The Van, Family and When Brendan Met Trudy and he co-wrote the screenplay for The Commitments. He lives and works in Dublin.
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