‘My imagination had been fired by my grandmother’s secret cache of Barbara Cartlands, that she kept in a cupboard beside her bed.’
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‘I lived in Andersonstown, Belfast, I was teaching there. And what I saw incensed me, so I wrote about that.’
‘I’ve watched films that have been adapted from books or short stories and then I read the original material to see how close the adaptation is to the source material.’
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.