Cuckoo – Words have power, and power was what I lacked

Linda Anderson’s Cuckoo was first published in 1986, only a few years after the Hunger Strikes, when the remorseless violence forced Northern Ireland’s writers to look inward. Linda has described her first novel, To Stay Alive, as “set in the claustrophobia of 1979 Belfast,” and while Cuckoo …read more

It all began with Seamus

It can sometimes seem that Northern Irish writing began with Seamus Heaney, especially if you grow up in Northern Ireland. I went to school in Enniskillen, then did an English degree at Queen’s University, Belfast, but the only local writer I studied was Heaney. At the time …read more