Radio and theatre: Edna O’Brien sheds light on the ‘dangerous’ vocation of writing

The legendary Irish novelist celebrated her 90th birthday by delivering the annual TS Eliot lecture for the Abbey Theatre, online from the Irish embassy in London

20th December, 2020
Radio and theatre: Edna O’Brien sheds light on the ‘dangerous’ vocation of writing
Edna O’Brien: the Irish writer who turned 90 this month insists there should be ‘no borders to the imagination’

Tuesday marked the 90th birthday of Irish writer Edna O’Brien. She celebrated the occasion by delivering the annual TS Eliot Lecture for the Abbey Theatre, in a special online transmission from the Irish embassy in London. Sitting in front of a marble fireplace, she paid tribute to the two writers who shaped her: the seductive poetry of Eliot and Joyce, contemporaries who met in Paris in the 1920s and almost fell out over a pair...

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