Irish poet Kitty Fitzgerald broke out with a poignantly original debut novel, Pigtopia -- the story of a disfigured middle-aged man, a misunderstood teenage girl, and a basement full of pigs. Not surprisingly, in our interview, she names Babe as a favorite film.
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Date of Birth:
September 25, 1946
Place of Birth:
Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
B.Ed. with distinction, 1979
Yorkshire Arts Writers’ Award, 1985; CP Taylor Playwriting Award, 1997; NWN Time to Write Award, 2003; Hawthornden Fellowship, 2005
|2005 Discover Award Finalist|
"Once in every thousand years, you read a book that, in the same breath, makes you weep at the cruelty of this world and laugh at its beauty. Pigtopia is such a book, filled with characters of great depth and largeness of spirit, characters that instantly pull you into their embrace," raves Discover Awards judge Samrat Upadhyay. "What a riveting story Pigtopia is! Vivid, heartwarming, life-affirming, and told in a tongue that's succulently its own."
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|A Writer's Rituals|
|"On the walls of my writing room I have photos, drawings and paintings of places and people that are very important to me," Fitzgerald tells us in our interview. "On my desk I have a stack of notes on odd bits of paper, ideas and questions that have occurred to me about the current work in progress while I was away from my desk. Whenever I come to a long pause in the writing I look through these notes for inspiration."|
|An Early Inspiration||Reading Recommendations|
|To Kill a Mockingbird|
Fitzgerald recalls in our interview the big impact reading To Kill a Mockingbird as a girl had on her. "The characters of Scout and Boo Radley dragged me into their world," she reflects. "Scout was a girl like me who was struggling to come to terms with the complexities and irrationalities of the adult world. I was enthralled by her intimate narrative."
|The Golden Notebook|
"The structure of this novel intrigued me," Fitzgerald notes of Doris Lessing's The Golden Notebook. "It said, there aren’t any hard-and-fast rules -- you can make a novel any way you want." Read our interview to learn more about Fitzgerald's recommended reads, including: