Leland Bardwell – Imprint: Writer in Profile

Loopline Collection, Documentary, Irish Culture
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30 mins

The late Leland Bardwell discusses her early childhood spent in India with her Irish parents. The family returned to Ireland when she was 2 years old and it was here that she would later carve a career as a novelist and poet. Bardwell outlines her trajectory from first publication for Arena Magazine in the ‘60s, encounters with her peers Patrick Kavanagh and Flann O’Brien, to publishing Girl on a Bicycle in 1977. Bardwell also expresses her interest in marginalized sections of society and the suppression of young women in Ireland.

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.