The book concludes with an epilogue about the first half-year of the Pandemic, and is accompanied by 15 of Christine’s pen-and-ink illustrations (some available as cards in the shop link).
Podcast that Features Niall and Christine
In a bonus episode of Shelfmarks, Zoë Comyns chats to guest writers Niall and Christine about their own relationship with their garden and nature. Shelfmarks is a podcast series by the Royal Irish Academy podcaster-in-residence Zoë Comyns. Listen here…
It’s a townland in the west of Ireland in rural County Clare, 14 km from the Wild Atlantic and originally the birthplace of one set of Christine’s ancestors, the Breens. Her grandfather was born in the cottage they now live in. Moving to Ireland from NY in the mid 80s in the midst of a recession when every young Irish person was leaving Ireland they eventually decided to document their life and wrote four non-fiction books, which they refer to as The Kiltumper Quartet, about their experiences of suddenly, overnight becoming rural dwellers in bare four room cottage. The first one is available as an ebook.