All items: Brian McAvera

Over his long career as an art critic, Brian McAvera has compiled a collection of catalogues of Irish art exhibitions, offering a unique overview of twentieth and twenty-first century literary, artistic, and political life.
When Brian McAvera came to write his sequence of plays on ‘Picasso’s women’, he realised that his approach to each play would have to be very different, in order to take account of the varying influences each of the women had on the painter’s life and work —a nd to redress the balance of ‘male-centric’ art history, which had tended to diminish this.

Cynthia Rogerson contemplates the literary spurs of exile and outsiderhood, wonders whether she would have written any novels if she’d simply stayed at home in the USA, and explains why being a writer is easier in Scotland than in California.

Brian McAvera considers what we’ve lost in favouring naturalistic, TV-esque theatre over the wider and deeper possibilities offered by non-naturalism.

Can a British or Irish playwright ever escape the influence of Samuel Beckett? Brian McAvera reveals why he put Beckett on stage as a vampire and ventriloquist’s dummy, and explains how it all stems from those troubled questions of British and Irish identity – questions that Beckett, like so many writers, tried to escape by becoming a European.

Brian McAvera takes us to Bordeaux, where research involves wine, serendipity and making your own luck, in 'My Writing Week.