April 1st was the birthday of one of my great-aunts, a very kind woman, very warm. I only saw her a few times in my life but I felt a deep affection for her. She was one of my grandfather’s three sisters; his birthday was on June 1st. The last time I saw her she was well into her 90s, still living alone. She made us a wonderful gooseberry pie.
It’s interesting how family birthdays sometimes cluster together. These weeks of early spring have been busy, with family birthdays to celebrate or plan for. Also, with trying to get the house in order after some rennovation projects we’ve taken on over the past year.
I’ve had several readings and interviews, too. Thanks to everyone who joined me at the Morris book shop a couple of weeks ago–it was great to see old friends and new faces alike, and a pleasure to give a reading in such a fine independent bookstore. I’ll be posting more on the events of the last weeks soon.
Meanwhile, there was a wonderful interview with The Irish Times that was published last weekend. Here’s the link:
For me, one of the pleasures of reading this article was remembering the very enjoyable and animated conversation I had with the writer over tea in a hotel overlooking St. Stephen’s Green on a beautiful sunny day. My trip to Ireland was all too brief!