Wednesday, 12 January 2011
Grass grew on The Grass Arena
The film is called John Healy - You Have Been Warned, although it has an alternate, and more poetic title Barbaric Genius.
The RTE page is here. The Facebook page is here.
After an 'incident' which may have been no more than a phone call John Healy was blackballed. His book, which had won a major prize and sold well, was removed from circulation. He couldn't find another publisher who would work with him and he disappeared from the cultural radar. He was "too difficult".
The title comes from an item in The Observer when he was asked to appear at the Cuirt Literature Festival in Galway, asking if they knew what they were letting themselves in for and saying "You have been warned".
The Grass Arena has been republished as a Penguin Classic and a Dutch publisher has just published only his second book to be published and it is largely a collection of chess stratagems. He has two unpublished books that I would love to read and I can't be alone. Flawed or not they should be published.