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Monday 19 March 2018

Donoghue reveals she's making 'Room' for movie version of novel

Writer Emma Donoghue pictured at Listowel Writers Week. Photo: Don MacMonagle
Writer Emma Donoghue pictured at Listowel Writers Week. Photo: Don MacMonagle
Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

WRITER Emma Donoghue has revealed her best-selling novel 'Room' is being made into a film and she's writing the screenplay.

The 2010 novel which has sold over one million copies worldwide and won the Dublin-born author major literary accolades was inspired by the story of Josef Fritzl, the Austrian who held his daughter Elizabeth captive in a dungeon in their home for 24 years, during which time she bore his children.

The story is told through the eyes of five-year-old Jack, who lives in a small room with 'Ma' who is visited at night by 'Old Nick'. The pair eventually escape and are reunited with family.

Ms Donoghue, who now lives in Canada, was speaking at Listowel Writers' Week, her first time to visit the country's longest running literary festival now in its 42nd year.

"I can't believe I've never been here before and Kerry is the ancestral home of the Donoghues, so my apologies for that," she told her audience yesterday before she read a piece from her latest work 'Astray'.

She was one of a number of internationally renowned writers to appear at the festival.

Last night's reading by director and writer Rebecca Miller had to be moved from St John's Theatre to a bigger venue.

Writers' Week draws to a close tomorrow, ending five days of readings, theatre, workshops, concerts and poetry that has attracted over 19,000 to the literary town that has produced some of the country's best-known writers, including John B Keane and Bryan MacMahon.

Irish Independent

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