Belinda McKeon: Tender is the write

Belinda McKeon: Tender is the write
Belinda McKeon

The roots of Belinda McKeon’s new novel, an intense exploration of the decaying friendship between a naive young woman and her gay best friend, date all the way back to the late 1990s and a very different Ireland. Picture: Feargal Ward

It is the afternoon of the recent Marriage Equality Referendum and Belinda McKeon has just arrived in Dublin from her home in New York. Although the Longford-born writer has lived in Brooklyn for the last ten years, when she heard that there was a referendum, she knew that she would come home to vote.

“It is a massively important issue,” she says. “It is about equality not sexuality, and it should not have taken [Ireland]...

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