Ballybritt resident Patricia Hurl.

Offaly artist to be featured in new series of RTÉ show

Local artist Patricia Hurl who lives in Ballybritt Co. Offaly will appear in an episode of a new four-part series on RTÉ entitled 'The Works Presents.'

Patricia will talk with John Kelly about how encounters with the arts transformed her life and drove her to create the works she makes.

Starting on Thursday, November 23, four of Ireland's most inspired and inspirational creative people are added to the extensive archive of this well-loved series.

Author Joseph O’Connor, artist Mick O’Dea, and musician, composer and Artistic Director of Crash Ensemble Kate Ellis will also feature on the show. Patricia recalls finding a professional and personal connection with other older female artists. Dublin-based Kate Ellis speaks about life within Crash Ensemble. Clare-born Mick O’Dea, now living in Mayo, reminisces on how Irish history inspired his work.

During discussions with John, these influential creative minds provide perspectives on what has motivated their success in their respective domains. John delves into the sources of inspiration that fuel their creative processes and discovers the influences that compel them to produce their notable works.

In the first episode, John meets Dublin-born novelist, screenwriter and playwright Joseph O’Connor. His fiction has been translated into 40 languages, novels including Cowboys and Indians, Inishowen, Star of the Sea, and his most recent My Father’s House. In 2012, Joseph received the Irish PEN Award for Outstanding Contribution to Literature, and in 2014 he was appointed Frank McCourt Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Limerick.

Joseph speaks about how becoming a parent made him strive to be a more focused writer, while his students of all ages and backgrounds inspire him with their new perspectives. He reflects on his writing as a craft and at times experiencing imposter syndrome.

Tune into the new series The Works Presents on Thursday, November 23 at 11.15pm on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player.