Friday 24 November 2017

Ryan gets real about the heroic life of the writer

Cartoon by Jim Cogan
Cartoon by Jim Cogan
Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

There was a sad little anniversary last week, marking the day in 1966 when John McGahern lost his job as a teacher due to various "indecencies" in his novel The Dark.

Meanwhile, a couple of weeks ago in this paper, Donal Ryan explained to Niamh Horan that despite his success as a novelist, he is obliged to return to his job in the Workplace Relations Commission in order to have a realistic chance of paying his mortgage and generally making a living.

So this is how far we have come - we used to force our writers to leave the public service, now we force them to join it.

Please sign in or register with Independent.ie for free access to Opinions.

Sign In

Promoted Links

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Don't Miss