Friday, 2 October 2015

Writing - Brian Friel RIP

It seems to me that many play writes and screen writers go by unnoticed except by the ones who work closest with them.

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Brian Friel (1929 - 2015)

Brian Friel was referred to on occasions as the Irish Chekhov but in all honesty I didn't remember his name. Actors, politicians and more are singing his praises on the event of his death, but what was he known for?

Books - Wonderful Tennessee, The Communication Cord, 

Films - Dancing at Lughnasa (Meryl Streep, Michael Gambon), Philadelphia, Here I Come (Siobhan McKenna, Dermot Kelly)

Plays - Dancing at Lughnasa, Translations, Faith Healer and many more.

Brian also adapted a number of plays by Chekhov.

He was born in Killyclogher, County Tyrone in 1929. He worked as a teacher in Londonderry before moving to County Donegal in the 1960s.
In 1992, Friel won three Tony Awards for Dancing at Lughnasa. The play was later made into a film starring Meryl Streep.

When you consider the amount of time and effort that must have gone into his portfolio it was prodigious. Long may his name be remembered and not just in Ireland.

The books below are mine and as such there are occasions when I have a political point to make which if 'dumbed down' could be lost. Please read them all, learn and enjoy. The books are available through all good booksellers in all formats.

 My hero was created post recession and so has no concept of how 'good' things were pre-2008. In 'I Have To Get It Right' when he began to flex his muscles he was working in an accountant's office. Then after the Gurentai took him under their wing and removed all of his financial worries, it was justice that was his major concern. He did become involved in international relations in 'The 51st State' but it was for the maintenance of a respectful distance between countries, rather than economic reasons. His trips into the USA had repercussions which can be read about in 'The Biter Bit' but then by the time things began to change in 2011 and the recession was really biting, Steele was trying to make sense of the state of the nation in 'A Changed Reality' and coming up against some really nasty people taking advantage of the shortage of money. By the time the USA are out of their recession Steele's steps are still being dogged by an unknown enemy from the same country. In 'Inceptus' we also find out more about what makes the man tick. The most recent Steele book 'Castled' where Steele is once again at risk from unseen enemies. It would seem that he has become quite recession proof!
The most recent addition to the Steele family is Earth plc in which our hero is concerned with political and emotional issues in this crime fighting adventure.

All books are available in paperback or ebook through Amazon, Smashwords and all good book shop websites.

This is a dystopian story that hinges directly on the state of the nation as a result of fiscal mismanagement. Having said that it is more a story of human relations, privations, love and loss.

Poetry - there are also two thoughtful collections of poetry available solely through Amazon.


God Bless