sarah broughton

writer & artist

Profile of novelist Maggie O'Farrell

This is an article I wrote for New Welsh Review based on an interview with the novelist Maggie O'Farrell.

Maggie was born in Northern Ireland but lived when she was young in Bridgend in South Wales. 

Profile of Maggie O'Farrell (pdf)


The turning point for O’ Farrell was attending a writing course at the Arvon Centre. She describes herself as an ‘Arvon Evangelist’: ‘I kind of think Arvon changed my life!’ She showed the manuscript to her tutor who agreed with her friend it was a novel. The tutor then sent it to her agent which, as O’ Farrell concedes was ‘a massive, massive hurdle to get over’ and, undoubtedly, an incentive. ‘Oh God yes! Someone saying to you “It’s a novel and it’s good,” ’