Dawn O'Porter in conversation with Róisín Ingle
By any measure, Dawn O’Porter has had a pretty varied career. She’s written for newspapers and magazines, tweets and blogs and has made TV documentaries about everything from geishas to extreme dieting and Dirty Dancing. It was only a matter of time before she turned her hand to writing young adult novels. For Dublin Writers Festival she talks to fellow journalist Róisín Ingle about her career and how she came to write her new book, Paper Aeroplanes, about two fifteen-year-old schoolgirls who aren’t really meant to be friends. Flo is thoughtful and introverted while Renée is quite the opposite, but loneliness draws them together until Renée’s infatuation with Flo’s brother threatens to destroy their friendship. Mixing gritty realism with moments of laugh-out-loud comedy, Paper Aeroplanes is a painfully honest coming of age story and a touching tribute to the power of female friendship. Róisín Ingle is a features writer for The Irish Times whose column in the Saturday Magazine is required reading at weekends. She has also written a mini-memoir, Pieces of Me. Suitable for ages 15+ and adults.
N.B. Due to popular demand this event has now been moved to the Main Theatre in Smock Alley Theatre and is no longer taking place in the Black Box.