Annotations: Irish Writers Comment on Their Work

The Guardian has a great collection of authors’ annotations on hard copies of some of their books, revealing roads not taken, regrets, and the motivations behind some creative choices. Here are the Irish writers:


Irish Writers, Irish authors, Irish literatureSeamus Heaney on Death of a Naturalist

John Banville on The Sea

Sebastian Barry on A Long Way Home

Anne Enright on The Gathering

Colm Tóibín on The Heather Blazing


And one foreign writer who’s apparently taken to life in Leitrim so well that we may as well adopt him as honorary Irish:

DBC Pierre on Vernon God Little


And J.K. Rowling, who’s just awesome:

J.K. Rowling on Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Annotations on first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Annotations on first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone


You may also be interested in these future award-winning Irish authors:
Review of Solace by Belinda McKeon…
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Review of City of Bohane by Kevin Barry…
Review of You by Nuala Ní Chonchúir…

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  1. CurtissAnn’s avatar

    A treasure, thanks!

  2. margaretjeanlangstaff’s avatar

    So glad to found this blog. The Banville novel, THE SEA cover, caught my eye (Loved that book. He’s a sour puss sometimes, but what a writer, what insight he has. He is worth the effort.). Love the Guardian too.

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