Nuala O’Faolain was born in Dublin in 1940, and died in 2008. Her career in Ireland and the UK spanned journalism, television production and presenting, but she is most widely remembered for her first memoir, Are You Somebody? The book was explosive and unexpected, exposing hidden aspects of female life in Ireland and offering valuable insights into the private experiences of a well-known public figure.
This video first presented in MoLI – Museum of Literature Ireland in 2020, is a shortened version of the original installation curated by author June Caldwell. It stands as both memorial and testimony to the importance of Nuala’s honesty and work. Moreover, it speaks to the ongoing need for writers to speak truth to silence, and to reveal ways of living that remain hidden or censored from public view.