Arts Interview: The life of Julia

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

17th March, 2013
Julia O'Faolain: `My father liked to take control, and I've taken the control from him.' Picture: Maura Hickey

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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