Beggaring Belief: Hannah Kent

The real-life case of a ‘changeling’ in Co Kerry has inspired the latest novel by the Australian author, writes Nadine O’Regan

5th March, 2017
Hannah Kent: ‘I want to write for the love of it’ PIc: Fergal Phillips

In the tearoom of a Dublin hotel, Hannah Kent is telling me about changelings, as well as about the poisonous parts of foxgloves and the legends and folklore around ‘cillíns’, the Irish term for the correct place of burial for children in the old days who were unbaptised.

It might seem odd that Kent is the one divulging this information. She’s Australian – born in 1985 in Adelaide, and the author...

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