Saturday February 22, 2020

Belinda McKeon: Tender is the write

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

28th June, 2015
Belinda McKeon

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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