Bella Casey was the real-life, enigmatic sister of the playwright Seán O’Casey and in her book, Mary Morrissey weaves the real and the imagined together to tell Bella’s story.
The story is read by the author and ‘The Rising of Bella Casey’ is published by Brandon, an imprint of The O’Brien Press.
Tonight’s episode is taken from the beginning of the book and takes place in Dublin in Easter Week 1916 and here we meet Bella for the first time,
although by now.........she is known by her married name, Mrs. Beaver.
Last night we met Bella for the first time in Easter week 1916. By then she was known by her married name Mrs. Beaver.
Tonight, we’re going back in time. The young Bella Casey has begun working as a teacher at St. Mary’s School on Dominick Street. She loves her job but is finding her superior- The Reverend Archibald Leeper- very difficult to please.
In tonight’s episode, Reverend Leeper
is about to visit to inspect her log books
and records and Bella is preparing for his arrival.
In tonight’s episode, the young Sean O’Casey....Jack as he was known then, remembers the day Bella came
home with the news that she was to be married to Corporal Nick Beaver.
At this point in the story, Bella.....or Mrs. Beaver
as she is now.....is living with her husband
Nick and her daughter Susan.
Things seems to be going well for her,
but her former tormentor,
her rapist.....the Reverend Leeper is never far away.
Bella’s husband Nick has been diagnosed with syphilis and the family has had to admit him to the madhouse. In tonight’s episode Bella is going to visit him for the first time.
NEXT WEEK ON THE BOOK ON ONE.......
Colin Barrett will read stories from his collection 'Young Skins'.
PREVIOUSLY ON THE BOOK ON ONE......
September 1-5 ‘The Herbalist’ by Niamh Boyce. Click here to find out more and listen back.
August 25-29 'The Return of the Brute' by Liam O'Flaherty. Click here to find out more and to listen back.
August 18-22 'The Return of the Soldier' by Rebecca West. Click here to find out more and to listen back.