Literary Lives Retold: Connie Palmen And Nuala O’Connor
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Juggling artistic egos, fiery creative temperaments, the financial insecurity of the writing life and a range of personal demons, the private lives of some of our most famous literary couples can be as fascinating as their public works. Clare Clark talks to Dutch writer Connie Palmen whose Your Story, My Story portrays Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes’ tempestuous relationship from Hughes’ perspective, and Irish writer Nuala O’Connor whose Nora creates a rich portrait of Nora Barnacle, the wife of James Joyce and Irish Literature’s greatest muse. Together they discuss their experiences of writing bio-fiction and dealing with the intimate details of some of literature’s most iconic lives.