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Marilynn Richtarik

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199695034

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199695034.001.0001

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‘Calling Myself a Writer’

‘Calling Myself a Writer’

(p.49) 4 ‘Calling Myself a Writer’
Stewart Parker

Marilynn Richtarik

Oxford University Press

This chapter indicates that in the late 1966, Jamie Stewart Parker and his wife, Kate Ireland, returned to Belfast. Homesickness led Stewart to choose Belfast over London as the place to embark his full-time writing career, thinking his residence there would help him secure a grant from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. In Belfast he decided that he could likely get enough work from BBC Northern Ireland to live on, and his literary connections he hoped might help him earn more artistic commissions. This chapter also discusses the last project Parker finished in Belfast which was a radio play called ‘Sam Todd For God’. He entered this play in a drama contest organized by the BBC. This absurdist piece focuses on a suburban couple who discover that a dwarf lives in their garage.

Keywords:   Jamie Stewart Parker, Kate Ireland, 1966, Belfast, Arts Council, BBC Northern Ireland, Sam Todd For God, absurdist piece

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