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An Introduction to Imprint: Writer in Profile

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Imprint, a literature review programme, and its sister show Imprint: Writer in Profile screened on RTÉ1 for three seasons. Both were presented by Irish poet, writer and lecturer Theo Dorgan. Over the course of the Writer in Profile series Dorgan conducted extended, in-depth interviews with a wide range of Irish and international writers including Colm […]

An Introduction to A Good Age

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A Good Age is a six-part television series, directed by Sé Merry Doyle, tackling head-on the myths and misconceptions that result in ageism. A forthright approach was taken throughout as the joys and realities of getting older are examined. (124)

Paul Durcan – Imprint: Writer in Profile

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This episode with Paul Durcan begins with his interest in sport in his early childhood. He explains that he started writing poetry at 14 years old in the hope of attracting interest from girls. Durcan outlines his powerful relationship and mentorship with Michael Hartnett and how his influence led him to the work of James […]

Dermot Bolger – Imprint: Writer in Profile

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Novelist and poet Dermot Bolger sits down with Theo Dorgan to discuss his life and work. In particular, he explores the misperception of his writing as ‘realism’, his establishment of Raven Arts and his admiration of W.B. Yeats. Other topics are  discussed including dealing with death and loss, criticism and ‘coincidental writing’. Bolger compares the […]

Ageism – A Good Age: Episode 1

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Ageism is the first in a six-part television series that tackles the everyday myths and misconceptions that result in ageism. This episode explores ‘the propaganda of old age’ – mainly the senior citizen concerns of aging and illness, sexuality, and self-worth. This episode opens with an appearance by Olwen Fouéré and features contributions by Dr. […]

The Long Weekend – A Good Age: Episode 2

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The Long Weekend explores the emotions faced by people approaching retirement, and couples who find themselves spending more time together than they may wish. Seamus expresses frustration regarding the injustice of mandatory retirement and the definition of ‘old age pensioner’ while Patricia talks about the new book of children’s stories she is completing in her […]

Looking After Yourself – A Good Age: Episode 3

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Looking After Yourself explores how ageism can create low self-esteem in senior citizens and can compromise the capacity for a full and healthy life. This episode features a range of housing schemes, retirement homes, medical and recreational facilities. Colourful characters with contrasting attitudes and approaches to growing old are also introduced. Residents of Claremont Court, […]

Relationships – A Good Age: Episode 4

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Relationships, episode four in A Good Age, deals with senior citizens who find themselves alone or isolated after the death of a partner. Therapists and counsellors offer bereavement advice, and stress the need for the bereaved to talk and learn to participate in normal life again. Eddie Johnston shares his harrowing yet uplifting story of […]

Renewal – A Good Age: Episode 5

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Renewal pays homage to people who have overcome ageism, confounded stereotypes and pursued new adventures in later years. Robert Greacen tells us how poetry and the creative arts greatly help him manage the aging process. Mamo McDonald recalls her experience of raising nine children, being widowed at forty; expanding her father-in-law’s drapery shop (which was […]

Colm Tóibín – Imprint: Writer in Profile

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Irish novelist, short story writer and journalist Colm Tóibín talks to Theo Dorgan about his early childhood in Enniscorthy, his early poetry writing and studying at University College Dublin. Tóibín lived in Barcelona between 1975 and 1978 and explains how this experience of Spanish life, gothic architecture, and the death of Franco shaped his work. […]

J.G Ballard – Imprint: Writer in Profile

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In this episode, Theo Dorgan meets English novelist, short story writer and essayist J.G. Ballard to delve into his oeuvre of science fiction and post-apocalyptic novels, such as The Drowned World and Crash. Empire of the Sun is explored as an autobiographical account of a young British boy’s experience in Shanghai during Japanese occupation. Dorgan […]