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Now in her eighty-second year and in advance of publishing her memoirs, Edna O'Brien opened her home and her heart to documentary filmmakers for this intimate portrait of her. The resulting film gives unprecedented insight, encompassing the sweep of a long career, into one of the great survivors in Irish literature.
O'Brien's journey from the west of Ireland to the centre of literary life in London has involved rebellion, censorship, elopement, motherhood, divorce, custody battles and the rearing of two sons as a single mother as well as a glittering social life and a growing profile as a public pe rsonality and commentator.
But throughout most of these dramatic developments, O'Brien wrote consistently to produce an impressive and unique body of work earning her status as the doyenne of Irish letters. In this film, we are given a privileged glimpse of O'Brien's more private life, her writing process and rituals.
An Ice Box Films Production for RTÉ