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Literary Landscapes - Belfast with Glenn Patterson

Glenn Patterson takes Mariella Frostrup around the city that has inspired and informed his novels.

Literary Landscapes - Belfast

Open Book's summer series on Literary Landscapes concludes with one of the most documented yet little understood cities in the United Kingdom - Belfast. A byword for sectarian violence, Belfast is sandwiched between encroaching mountains and the sea;the city is built on mud-flats and has inspired countless poets and authors.

Open Book's literary guide to this multi faced and complicated city is author Glenn Patterson, described as Northern Ireland's prose laureate. Born in Belfast, Glenn has been writing about the city since the 1980s. His first novel 'Burning Your Own' won the Betty Trask prize. He still lives in Belfast and his work reflects its ever changing nature.

Glenn takes Mariella around his city - to the setting of his latest novel, to where the old Belfast docks began in the footsteps of Anthony Trollope, to the foot of the surrounding hills which inspired Jonathan Swift and to the last independent bookshop in the city.

Producer: Ruth Sanderson.

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28 minutes

Glenn Patterson

Photo credit: John Harrison

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Presenter Mariella Frostrup
Interviewed Guest Glenn Patterson
Producer Ruth Sanderson

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