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Linda Devlin

Dublin born and bred

Where in Dublin do you live?
Darndale
Where are you from?
Darndale

What are you reading right now?

Flights by Olga Tokarczuk.


Tell us a bit about it:

I'm only 70 pages in! But so far it's made up of lots of fragments, told from the narrator's point of view, all based on themes around travel philosophy and travel psychology.


What is your favourite book of all time?

Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire.


Tell us a bit about it:

Non-fiction. This book changed my life. It's one of the first 'academic' books I ever read and it completely tapped into my lived experience of education in my working class neighbourhood, while also posing new questions and helping me to reflect on my world and the global community. It presents a Marxist class analysis of education and proposes that learners should co-create knowledge instead of being passive receptacles.


What book do you remember most from your childhood?

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.


Tell us a bit about it:

Fantasy novel for children. First novel I ever read and I couldn't put it down!

Which of your books is battered from using over and over again?

Of Snails and Skylarks by Christy Brown.


Tell us a bit about it:

My first poetry book, it's more romantic than how my poetry tastes developed - but yet I've returned to it time and time again.


What is your favourite book by an international writer?

Riot Days by Maria Alyokhina.


Tell us a bit about it:

An account of the author's arrest, trial and imprisonment in a Siberian jail for her actions as part of Pussy Riot.

Which book do you feel depicts your own or another culture most vividly?

The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan.

Tell us a bit about it:

I think this perfectly reflects rural post-Celtic Tiger Ireland, without the 'gombennert' that often comes across in books and films.


Was there a book that really changed your mind about something?

Theatre of the Oppressed by Augusto Boal.

Tell us a bit about it:

Along with the aforementioned Pedagogy of the Oppressed, these books changed my life and were a catalyst for me becoming involved in community development and community arts.

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