Miriam Meets.... Anthony Cronin and Anne Haverty
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This week, Miriam O Callaghan meets writers Anthony Cronin and Anne Haverty.
In a wide ranging conversation, they tell Miriam about how they met, what attracted them to each other, the emotional importance of their decision to get married in recent years and their thoughts on the thirty year age gap between them. Anthony also tells Miriam about his experience of one of his daughters being killed in an accident, his pride in his surviving daughter and his affection for his grandchildren. That said, he is hoping his immortality will be secured through his writing.
Both writers share the stories of their childhood. Anne was born and reared in County Tipperary and recalls her father with great affection. Tony was reared in Enniscorthy and recalls the liking he had for his father in childhood, but his love for him ambitious mother was more complex. He recalls being sent to boarding school as a 12 year old boy, a decision he does not approve of.
Anthony also talks about his friendship with Flann O’Brien; Patrick Kavanagh; Brendan Behan and Samuel Beckett about whom he wrote a critically acclaimed biography. Though it was not his intention, his memoir Dead As Doornails changed public opinion on the position of writers making Aosdana, an organisation he originated, more widely accepted as a good idea.
Both writers discuss the lack of an appreciation of good prose among modern readerships. Anne’s novel One Day As A Tiger being regarded as a fine example of modern prose writing.
Anthony also claims that history will rehabilitate Charlie Haughey as the first leader of the new Irish state to fully appreciate artists and he claims that, even in recessionary times, the arts are important. Not to have the arts in society would impoverish us all beyond measure.
Anthony also reads a poem he wrote for Anne Haverty from his most recent collection Fall and talks about his recently re issued novel The Life of Reilly.