Writing about Northern Ireland during World War II.

The Writers in Residence

An Interview with author, Dianne Ascroft

Can I ask you how you first got fascinated with that era?

Since I was a child, I’ve heard stories about the Second World War from family members who lived through that era. But my own interest in the Second World War era was really sparked when I moved to County Fermanagh, at the western edge of Northern Ireland, almost twenty years ago. Soon after I arrived, I began to hear stories from local residents about what life was like here during the war era. I was enthralled by their tales of the real servicemen and women who were stationed at the flying boat bases and army camps that were dotted around the county. This prompted me to do some research into life in the county during the war.

What I discovered was that the arrival of the Allied troops had a huge impact…

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