Monday, February 3, 2014

The Interview - my new Book on Eileen Gray

The Interview is quite a short book, just about 62,000 words. When I set out to write it, I knew a lot about Eileen Gray but it took me a long time to get it written to my satisfaction. And I suppose to my satisfaction is the important point here. As of this year I've been convening writing workshops for UCD for the past 20 years, so I feel I can stress the importance for all writers of not letting go of their work until it is to their satisfaction

Eileen Gray believed, ‘to create, one must first question everything’. It's a good mantra for writers to observe.

The Interview explores the relationship the relationship Eileen Gray and Bruce Chatwin, and why the interview he carried out with her for The Sunday Times Magazine was never published. At the time, in 1972, she was the reluctant darling of the international media, second time around, and he was the then rising star of Fleet Street.

For decades Eileen Gray, architect and designer has fascinated me.
Bruce Chatwin (as he was in 1972) and Eileen Gray (in the 1930s)

I’ve written, broadcast and given talks extensively about her – she even visits me in my dreams. Indeed, I’ve heard it said I’m an expert on her. It appeals that I might be so regarded!!

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