Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Where writers live...

From the NY Times:

Irish Cottage Becomes Authors’ Home

Published: April 28, 2009
DALKEY, Ireland

It is a half-hour train ride from Dublin to Dalkey, a wind-swept seaside village favored by many of Ireland’s elite, including the best-selling novelist Maeve Binchy.

Mrs. Binchy, 68, and her husband, the children’s book writer Gordon Snell, 76, live in a brick cottage built in 1847, on a winding road near the train station, several trendy restaurants and a traditional Irish pub that is often more convenient for meals than their diminutive kitchen. “If we are in the hallway next to the front door, I will often say to Gordon, ‘Come on, let’s go to the pub. It’s closer,’ ” Mrs. Binchy said.

When the couple bought the house, called Pollyvilla, in 1980, it was a one-story, red-brick cottage with four small rooms and a narrow kitchen and bathroom. They were living in London and intended to use the house on weekends and, eventually, to retire there. The choice of location was an easy decision: Mrs. Binchy was born in Dalkey and much of her family still lives here.

“We were complete eejits when we found the home,” she said, using Irish slang for idiot.


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