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Penny Black speaks with Frances Byrnes about teenage summers in Vienna, the shock of revisiting old contracts, and how her desire to speak perfect German accidentally led to a passionate career in writing for theatre.

‘I lived in Andersonstown, Belfast, I was teaching there. And what I saw incensed me, so I wrote about that.’
‘Read the masters of the past, and learn how and how not, to write. If you think independently reading others strengthens our independence rather than harming it.’