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Friday 20 April 2018

Anne swaps fact for fiction with short stories

FORMER newsreader Anne Doyle could soon be famous for fiction, not fact.

The 61-year-old has revealed she has penned eight short stories since retiring from RTE in 2011.

"When I wrote the first one, I felt quite pleased," she said. "When I went back and read them again a few months later I was considerably less pleased."

The Wexford woman, who hasn't shown her work to anyone, not even partner and restaurateur Dan McGrattan, said her childhood had inspired one of her pieces, The Blazers.

"I'm the youngest of seven and when I was 14, there were three of us still in secondary school," she said.

"My mother was very a very indomitable woman, but by a terrible fluke she got two letters one summer from our two schools.

 

LETTERS

 

"BOTH SCHOOLS WERE CHANGING BLAZERS, AND THE TWO LETTERS ARRIVED THE SAME DAY AND THREE NEW BLAZERS WERE GOING TO HAVE TO BE BOUGHT.

"When she opened the letters, its the only time I ever saw her show panic.

"I remember the flash of understanding when she opened the second letter and realised all that money had to be found. The story is about how she got it."

This Christmas Day, it will be two years since Anne read her last bulletin on RTE, but she doesn't exactly miss it.

"I still miss my friends, but the actual work, no," she said.

"I'd no idea what the future would be when I left, but as a woman who enjoys spending her time in quite a hedonistic kind of way, I thought it'd be alright – and it has been."

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