Joining Ryan Tubridy on RTÉ Radio 1 this morning from Knockmaroon House ahead of her appearance at the Festival of Writing and Ideas in Borris House was the author of The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood.

Speaking on the recent referendum here in Ireland, she told Ryan that it wouldn't have passed had it not been for the men that voted. She also said that during the lead up to the referendum 'there were some handmaids here'.

"That referendum would not have been won unless a lot of men had voted for it... this particular thing would not have been won without the support of men nor would votes for women... all of those things, you're always in the minority position. Therefore you need the support of people who are not like you to back you up on it, and that happened this time which was very very interesting to see".

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Atwood also spoke of the US presidential election and Hilary Clinton; saying that she felt that Salem witchcraft was still alive and well when it came to the language that was being implied to her.

"When I saw the enormously 17th century vocabulary that was being implied to her by the opponents, I thought OK all of this Salem witchcraft stuff is still there, because basically those were the kind of nouns and adjectives that were being implied to her - just to be clear 'witch'. She was very demonised, quite astonishingly."

The Festival of Writing & Ideas runs from June 8th-10th at Borris House & Village - more details here.