Glenn Patterson in Belfast

pattersonNorthern Irish novelist Glenn Patterson gives a tour of Belfast to Mariella Frostrup on BBC Radio 4’s Open Book and tells some teenagers what books to read. Also features readings of his novel The Mill for Grinding Old People Youngwith some Belfast seagulls as an audio bed. Very atmospheric.

(And read The International if you haven’t)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b038x4x5

Author: Chris Beausang

I am a person who is PhD’ing in NUI Maynooth, using the open-source statistical programming language R to perform operations on large textual corpora in order to situate the novelists Anne Enright and Eimear McBride in a more nuanced and informed way to early to mid-twentieth century modernism. My interest in the topic is based on the fact that I find too many people describe Enright and McBride as being influenced solely by Joyce or Beckett, which is fine, and probably not inaccurate, but it gets tedious, and I think there’s a lot of mileage yet to be gotten out of investigating their indebtedness to Stein, Mansfield or Woolf; we don’t necessarily have to attribute everything interesting in Irish letters to Irish men.

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