P J Lynch

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Profile of PJ Lynch from the BBC’s “The Hungry Eye”

Here is a short BBC film, directed by Maeve O Cathain about my early books.
Made in the mid-nineties, it features my work on The Snow Queen, Catkin and East of the Sun and West of the Moon.
I was living and working in a basement apartment in Dublin at that time. The only heating was an open fire, and most of the smoke came into the living room, so that for the time I lived there I was always pretty unhealthy. I certainly look unhealthy in the film.
My landlady was the writer Polly Devlin. She is an extra-ordinary, larger than life character.
I came to know Polly’s sister, Marie Heaney, and her husband the poet Seamus Heaney. Some years later I illustrated a book of Marie’s Irish myths and legends, The Names Upon The Harp.

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