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The History of Magpies


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Desmond Hogan was was born in Ballinasloe, County Galway in 1950. He attended University College, Dublin, and worked as a writer and actor with Children's T. Company theatre group before moving to London. He subsequently held the position of writer-in-residence, University of Glasgow. After spending time in the United States, as a Hudson Strode Fellow at the University of Alabama and Berlin as a Berlin Artists Fellow, Hogan returned to Ireland in 1995. He was awarded the 1971 Hennessy Award, the 1977 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and 1980 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize.


This is a troubled collection from a troubled genius whose narrative technique won't appeal to traditionalists. -- Brian Maye * The Irish Times *
Desmond Hogan in this book is writing at a very high pitch of ambition-he is trying to build the cathedral. The project is immense. -- Kevin Barry * The Stinging Fly *

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