Novelist; born in Ireland; living in Scotland; author of Split Milk (2001).
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Judy May Murphy, Dublin can be Heaven - were still
happy to be out, in Irish Independent, 24 Aug. 2001; talks
with Keilyn Wilson (living in Scotland), Dave OBrien (cameraman
on Hollywood major films), and novelist Lana Citron, author of Spilt
Milk, [who] has decided to work and raise her young son in London:
Over here there is boundless opportunity, its a massive free-for-all,
she says; Whatever you want to do you can possibly do over here
- theres nothing stopping you. There;s an overall feeling
that you could be anyone and have the possibility of achieving your goal,
whatever it is. / Growing up in Dublin, I found it more parochial; it
had a village feel and it was more about who you know than what you know.
Here in London that doesnt matter. For example, I dont know
anyone in publishing, I dont come from a publishing background,
so there was no one who was helping me. / Although there is some racism,
for the most part it doesnt matter where youre from, if youre
Irish or Japanese or whatever. Its a very tolerant city. In terms
of lifestyle its great. Whatever your taste, you can find something
to suit you, any type of club, restaurant, music, theatre or whatever.
/ Dublin is definitely much more expensive
. But I do believe the
education in Ireland is better and now that I have a child, I can see
that the class structure is very much prevalent in Britain. / I also mix
the proximity of the sea and mountains, so there are some things Id
miss about Dublin, but I dont know if thats enough to make
me want to return. I dont think Id every move back to Ireland.
But you can never say. [END]
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