Arts Interview: The life of Julia

Arts Interview: The life of Julia
Julia O'Faolain: `My father liked to take control, and I've taken the control from him.' Picture: Maura Hickey

The daughter of two revolutionaries, novelist Julia O'Faolain's new memoir proves she has her own fascinating story to tell, writes Joanne Hayden.

As a four-year-old, Julia O'Faolain would go trespassing with her mother. Eileen O'Faolain was a writer; she published fairy tales and collected folk stories.

On the trespassing romps through derelict estates in Co Wicklow she would pretend to be a witch. Later, she trespassed into the grounds of the Dominican Convent where the 16-year-old Julia was sitting her Leaving Cert. Before the maths and Irish exams, she met her daughter in the shrubbery with a...

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