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Lucia Joyce- Diving and Falling

Imagine being the daughter of one of the world's most experimental and famous writers - Lucia Joyce was the daughter of James Joyce.

Documentary maker: Leeanne O'Donnell

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Documentary maker: Chris Brookes

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Lucia Joyce- Diving and Falling

Imagine being the daughter of one of the world’s most experimental and famous writers. Imagine you have inherited some of your father’s creativity and are determined to find a way to express this

This is story of Lucia Joyce, troubled and talented daughter of James Joyce. A story set against the fascinating backdrop of Europe between the World Wars.

Lucia was born in a pauper’s hospital in Trieste, Italy where James Joyce and Nora Barnacle were living an unconventional hand to mouth existence.

She spent her adolescence in 1920s Paris surrounded by bohemian artists, writers, film makers and dancers. Like a magnet Paris drew some of the world’s most interesting people - Hemingway, F Scott Fitzgerald, Isadora Duncan, Jean Renoir, Samuel Beckett.

And the Joyce family were at the heart of literary Paris. While Joyce struggled with Finnegans Wake, his daughter immersed herself in the cutting edge world of modern dance.

Lucia crested the wave of bohemian Paris and had a romance with Samuel Beckett before her fragile mental health deteriorated and a long and difficult battle began to regain her equilibrium.

Lucia experienced some of the worst excesses of psychiatry at the time, spending time against her will in various residential homes. She was also brought to Switzerland to be treated by Carl Jung.

This documentary tells the story of an extraordinary person living through extraordinary times.

(First Broadcast June 15th 2013)

Produced and narrated by Leeanne O’Donnell, Production Supervision by Chris Brookes.

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