In the fourth episode of  our series of free Irish podcasts The Writer’s Passage; your guide is author Alice Taylor.  Alice brings us to the school so fondly depicted in her best selling book “To School Through The Fields” and to her family home which is located just fields away. 

“To School Through The Fields” was first published in 1988 and became one of Irelands biggest selling memoirs of all time.   A nostalgic look back at the era of Alice’s childhood, a farmer’s daughter who grew up in rural County Cork in the 1940s and reflects on stories about her parents, her family, her teachers and some of the other characters who lived in her village.

 

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To visit Alice Taylor’s page on podcasts.ie click here

The Writer’s Passage Photographs.

The school has not stood the test of time, though Alice managed to capture it’s haydays in this painting

 

Alice returns to her family home and shows us the view across the fields where she went to school

 

The Writer’s Passage is produced by Jho Harris and Sinéad McClure with funding assistance from the Literature Project Award from the Arts Council of Ireland.