The Arts Council has expressed its sadness at the passing of Aosdána member Julia O'Faolain.
Kevin Rafter, Chair of the Arts Council said, "Julia O'Faolain was a masterful stylist, and her work was as international as it was uniquely Irish. She wrote powerfully about the female experience, about power, about faith, about what it means to be Irish. Her work remains intensely relevant, and her exciting body of work deserves to connect with generations to come."
Julia O'Faolain was born in London, the daughter of Sean and Eileen (Gould) O'Faolain, brought up in Dublin and educated at the University of Rome and the Sorbonne, Paris. She had worked as a writer, editor, language teacher and translator, and had lived in France, Italy and the USA. Her novels included The Obedient Wife, No Country for Young Men (which was nominated for the Booker Prize), Women in the Wall, The Irish Signorina and The Judas Cloth, and she has published three collections of short stories, Man in the Cellar, Daughters of Passion, and Under the Rose. In 2016, her memoir, Trespassers: A Memoir, was published by Faber & Faber. Julia O'Faolain is married with one son, and lived in London.
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