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Patrick Doherty

Location: Deux Sevres, France
Facilitates workshops.
Speaks at events.
Speaks to writer groups.
Speaks to book clubs.


Patrick Doherty grew up in Malin Head, Ireland’s most northerly point. He is the seventh son of nine children. He attended the Colgan Hall in Carndonagh, Donegal. At Manchester he studied French and PE which included taking a year out to work as a teaching assistant in France. He taught French in a secondary school in Manchester for eight years before transferring to primary education in Lancashire where he worked for twenty-two years until his retirement from Headship in 2006.
With farming in his blood Patrick spent the next five years working as a milking assistant on a dairy farm of three hundred cows. During this period he attended creative writing courses and set up a local creative writing group which practised fiction, non-fiction and poetry. By 2011 he had completed a two years part-time MA in creative writing which was followed by a part-time PhD in Irish autobiography which included an early version of his memoir about growing up in Donegal. A revision of his memoir resulted in the publication of ‘I am Patrick: A Donegal Childhood Remembered’ by Clachan Publishing. Patrick considers himself to be Ireland’s most northerly memoirist.
Patrick now lives and writes in France. Having finished his memoir he now wants to record his reflections on writing his memoir.


I Am Patrick: A Donegal Childhood Remembered

Patrick’s memoir recalls a deeply traditional world, on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, that grappled daily with the harsh realities of farming, poverty, and the powers of The Church. Patrick was caught between the demands of his father, who wanted the boys to help on the farm, and his ambitious mother who wanted to give her children opportunities through education. In a distinctive, teetotal, non-smoking family Patrick, the seventh son, struggled to find his place.
You will follow a deeply conflicted child wanting to be one of the men as well as a good student. An acute observer of the farming year and the physical demands of planting, sowing, reaping, and digging. Singled out at school, young Patrick is voiceless in a world of silence and violence. His minutely drawn account of events, place and personality allow the reader to be transported to childhood fears and incomprehension.
Patrick narrates his story through the dialogue of his youth as he shows the challenges of subsistence farming life lifted by moments of family humour. His yearning for belonging, his endurance and his eventual escape speaks to generations of a remote, but not distant, Ireland.

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