Ireland’s Fathers of Electric Light
First appear in The Tablet 29 August 2019
When I set out to write a novel, I believe I’m undertaking an act of faith. That probably sounds larger than I intend. Still, it’s true. The book exists only in the vaguest sense at that stage. I have a few notes, but nothing solid, no structure, no plan, only a kind of prompting that grows to the point where one morning in Kiltumper I say to Chris, “I’m going to begin”, and I go into the front room that overlooks the large garden, and I face the white screen.