Via Sunday Miscellany: Long ago, Catherine Foley asked the great novelist Maeve Binchy for advice on a story she'd written. The reply was generous, detailed -- and forthright…

On the seventh anniversary of her passing, listen to Maeve's Letter by Catherine Foley on Sunday Miscellany above.

'As the weeks passed I waited nervously to hear back. Would she see its brilliance, and tell me that she loved it? Would she tell me that my life as a writer was about to take off? I lived both in dread of her response and yet also in expectation of some life-changing news… And in due course, she did write back.'

Sunday Miscellany, RTÉ Radio 1, Sundays from 9.10am - listen back here.