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Sheena Barrett

Sheena Barrett

Dublin born and bred

Where in Dublin do you live?
Castleknock
Where are you from?
Artane

What are you reading right now?

The Rabbit Girls by Anna Ellory.

Tell us a bit about it ...

It's a pretty harrowing story of a woman who is taking care of her dying father and discovers that he is a Holocaust survivor. Unfortunately he is too ill to speak and she is trying to piece together the information from letters she has found. I will need some light relief after this.


What book do you remember most from childhood?

The Secret Seven by Enid Blyton.

Tell us a bit about it ...

I loved the sense of adventure. This little gang of friends always seemed to figure out mysteries that eluded the grown ups while enjoying great picnics along the way! They were a gateway to Nancy Drew's detective stories.


What is your favourite book by an international author?

Now, Now, Louison by Jean Frémon.

Tell us a bit about it ...

I find it hard to pick favourites but I really enjoyed this recently. It's a biography of artist Louise Bourgeois. Though the title felt a little patronising, I really enjoyed the pace of the book which felt like a web being spun to capture moments in her life. A good friend of mine, Frederica, in Lisbon is hugely influenced by her and has a lovely story about meeting with Bourgeois at her home in New York. This book helped me picture my friend's story more vividly during lockdown when I needed memories and images beyond my 2 kilometers.


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

Milkman by Anna Burns.

Tell us a bit about it ...

Burns' depiction of the exasperated French teacher asking her students to describe the colours of the sky is an incredible immersive insight the oppressiveness of living in a society where anything you say reveals too much and exposes vulnerability.


Is there a book that changed your mind/perspective about something?

The Girl With All The Gifts by Mike Carey.

Tell us a bit about it ...

I hadn't even read the blurb before I purchased this off the shelf at the Gutter Bookshop in Temple Bar. I probably would have avoided it if I had as I'm not usually a fan of zombies/apocalyptic sci-fi. It's a great read though and it made me think more about the possibilities of the parasite and what we can learn from its adaptability in a changing world.


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