Jennifer Johnston – Imprint: Writer in Profile
Irish novelist Jennifer Johnston was born in Dublin, the daughter of actor and director Shelah Richards and writer Denis Johnston. In this episode, she explains how she avoided their influence by delaying the start of her writing career until her thirties. Johnston then explores themes in her writing, discusses how her first play and novel were both rejected, her move to Derry and her admiration for Anton Chekhov. Her writing process is examined – how the emotional landscape of her books take over her life, how she hears her characters’ voices in her head and how loneliness and self-sufficiency are the unifying themes of her work.
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 Tóibín, Bernard MacLaverty, Jennifer Johnston, Joseph O’Connor, Michael Longley, Doris Lessing, John Montague, Eavan Boland, Gore Vidal, Richard Ford and Margaret Atwood. This episode is part of The Loopline Collection Volume 1. To watch more of the collection click here.