Monday 19 March 2018

Banville wows during reflective and witty reading

John Banville speaking at Enniscorthy Library
John Banville speaking at Enniscorthy Library
County librarian Eileen Morrissey, acclaimed author John Banville, librarian Jarleth Glyn and author Caroline Busher
Colin and Miriam Walker at the reading
Geraldine McDonald and Julia Carty-Whelan at the reading

Esther Hayden

Acclaimed writer John Banville recalled growing up in Wexford when he gave a reading at Enniscorthy Library last Thursday night.

Born in Wexford in 1945 John Banville is considered to be one of the most imaginative literary novelists writing in the English language today. He was educated at the Christian Brothers primary school and at St. Peter's College. He began his journalism career in 1969 working as a sub-editor at The Irish Press and later became Literary Editor at The Irish Time.

During that time, he published his first book, Long Lankin, which is a collection of short stories and a novella.

Known for his dark humour, sharp wit, and cold, precise prose Banville is considered a master stylist of the English language. His stated ambition to blend poetry and fiction into some new form' has yielded a highly acclaimed body of work that includes dozens of mystery and literary novels, short stories, plays, and screenplays.

He has also published numerous crime fiction novels under the pseudonym 'Benjamin Black,' beginning with Christine Falls in 2006.

Executive librarian with Enniscorthy Library Jarlath Glynn said the reading had been a great success.

'John read from his latest book Time Pieces: A Dublin Memoir' and it was exceptionally well received. It was a reflection of his life especially his time as a student in Dublin and growing up in Wexford.

'It was very interesting. He spoke of family and growing old and looking back with a different perspective. He also spoke a lot about the art of writing which added to the reading. He was very witty and humorous and that came across strongly on the night.

'He said that he writes very slowly, writing and re-writing several times, all of which he does with paper and pen rather than a computer.

'Afterwards there was a question and answer session and with a number of writers in the audience this proved very interesting.'

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