The Irish launch of Sally's book took place in Ballymaloe. Standing room only, and all the books sold out. First we were treated to an excerpt of an interview John Bowman did with Molly on Radio 1. Speeches were given by Sally's good friends Thomas McCarthy and Ken Thomspon, and also the Editor of Virago, Lennie Goodings. Tom told us that he could hear Molly speaking through the pages and Lennie told us of Sally arriving with her hand written manuscript in a basket.
Here are some links relating to the book
Our writer in residence, Lani O'Hanlon has been published in POETRY. What an honour to have a poem published in the oldest monthly devoted to verse in the English-speaking world. Congratulations Lani. Click here
'For the last fifty years of my life I have lived in a cottage - a cottage hanging above Ardmore bay, above the village and the Catholic church, its east window lighted over the sea on winter evenings. Beyond my cottage one of the finest round towers in Ireland reaches up to the sky above the ruined and beautiful church and monastery at its foot.'
The writer Molly Keane lived at Dysert in the picturesque village of Ardmore in County Waterford from 1950 until her death in 1996. She turned a bungalow into a house, which tucks into the hill overlooking Ardmore bay. It is here she wrote the Booker Prize runner up 'Good Behaviour' and the other best sellers 'Time After Time' and 'Loving and Giving'.
Her daughter Virginia Brownlow has now made the house available for use by contemporary writers of all abilities.