Francis Stuart, writer and husband to Iseult Gonne, daughter of Maud Gonne, was the subject of a 'Writer in Profile' broadcast in 1970.
In this extract, presenter Niall Sheridan talks about his career to date while Stuart reminisces about his happy childhood in Co. Meath.
Stuart was born in Australia in 1902. He married Iseult Gonne, daughter of Maud Gonne, when he was 17. His first book was a collection of poetry he wrote while interned during the Civil War, 'We Have Kept the Faith'(1924). After turning to fiction in the 1930s, he spent the Second World War in Germany, where he worked for German radio and made broadcasts to Ireland. He later published an autobiographical novel 'Black List, Section H'(1971) dealing with some of these experiences.
In 1996, towards the end of his life, Stuart was elected as Saoi of Aosdána, an association of Irish artists supported by the Arts Council. The poet Máire Mhac an tSaoi objected and resigned her own membership in protest. Stuart died in Ennis Co. Clare in 2000.
This edition of 'Writer in Profile' was broadcast on 7 January 1970.