53 | The Magic Faraway Tree with Louise O’Neill

Author and awards-magnet Louise O’Neill joined Alan and Sarah to talk about Enid Blyton’s classic series about a fantastical tree that’s not nearby, The Magic Faraway Tree. We talked about the Famous Five vs Secret Seven, the comforting repetition of Enid Blyton, updating books for modern audiences, and, seeing as we had two of Ireland’s best YA authors in the studio, a lot of talk about writing YA. Then we had a patented Juvenalia digression into Adele’s Titanic-themed party, the Met Gala and cultural appropriation. The usual.

Louise O’Neill is @oneilllo on Twitter. Her novels Only Ever Yours, Asking For It, Almost Love, and The Surface Breaks are all available now and are all excellent.
The stage adaptation of Asking For It is in The Everyman in Cork until June 23rd and in the Abbey Theatre in Dublin from November 9th-24th.
Alan is @alan_maguire and Sarah is @griffski.

Juvenalia is on all of the social medias, if you search for Juvenalia, you’ll find us.

Enid Blyton pic via Encyclopaedia Brittanica
Juvenalia original artwork by Dee McDonnell
This episode was produced and edited by Brian + Alan