Last night a friend and I had the pleasure of listening to three Irish writers read from novels they had written that were inspired by a period of history known as the Great Famine (1845-1852). The setting was the Jeanie Johnston, a Famine Ship that took emigrants from Ireland to America and Canada. It was renowned for never losing any of its passengers on the many journeys it made across the Atlantic.
I was humbled by my experience because 1) I love being in the company of other writers and 2) I still know very little about my country’s history. More on this soon.