Tim Hannigan

Dervla: Dog, Book, Beer
Of all the travel writers I’ve interviewed for my PhD project (a creative-critical investigation of travel writing’s ethical issues) the most memorable – if perhaps not the most forthcoming – has been the mighty, eighty-six-year-old Dervla Murphy. I took a few photos of her at the end of our frequently hilarious conversation at her home in Lismore, County Waterford, but she didn’t actually feature in the image that best encapsulated her persona: an old sleeping bag, a bottle of ale, a mongrel terrier, and a travel book (by Isabella Bird, aptly enough, with Dervla’s handwritten draft of an introduction for a new edition tucked inside).

Tim Hannigan, School of English

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