Henry Hudson was born in Dublin in 1953. He worked in the power industry for thirty years before attending Trinity College Dublin as a mature student where he took a BA in Drama Studies and English. He recently retired for the Canadian Embassy in Dublin where he served eleven years as Property and Services Manager.
Henry Hudson is a former winner of the RTE PJ O’Connor Radio Drama Award, The Heinrich Boll Award for Literature, The Listowel Writers Week Playwrights Award and The Best Play Award at the Cork Arts Festival. His novel Beyond Pulditch Gates was published in 2001 and a French translation, Derriere Les Grilles de Pulditch, was published in 2007. An e-version of the novel is available on Amazon Kindle under the title Pulditch. His second novel, Poor Lamb, Poor Lamb, is also now available on Amazon Kindle. He has written numerous stage and radio plays and a collection of short stories entitled Timethoughts including Playing for Time, which was published in The Evergreen Review in New York. His story Bloomsday and his poem To a Sitting Statue in Fluntern Cemetery were published in the Stinging Fly magazine. He recently completed a collection of poems under the title Funeral Parlour.
Q: If you could travel in the past, which one of the great writers would you like to meet and why?
A: Sean O’Casey. He wrote of wanting ‘bread and roses’ for the poor.
Q: Is there a book that you keep going back to and how many times have you read it?
A: Jackie McGowran: The Beckett Actor, Jordan R Young. I have read it many times.
Q: If you could teleport yourself anywhere, real or fictional, where would it be and why?
A: To be present in Barney Kiernan’s pub for the Cyclops episode of Ulysses by James Joyce.
I always hated the first week in December. That was when Ma would march me across the city to a Sale-of-Work in the Round Room of the Mansion House. The place would be crammed with stalls – book stalls, tea stalls, bottle stalls and stalls raffling lopsided Christmas cakes. There’d also be a second-hand clothes …