This Sunday we are remembering the very brilliant and still much missed Joan O'Flynn on the Sunday Scrapbook. Joan was the first ever guest, and truth be told back-stage instigator and chief encourager, of the show. That first episode was hairy, very hairy, we went live and Joan's soothing presence kept me together through all the hiccoughs. (some of which were real howlers - my interruption of one of Joan's readings being the absolute killer blow)
Joan was an extraordinary person and it's really hard to believe it's almost a year since we last heard her laugh, got her devillishly fun point of view, or shared some thought provoking discussion with her. Her blog is still there thankfully, at http://dramaqueenjoan.blogspot.com where you can sample her fantastic thoughtful writing.
So - Lucan Writers past and present came in over the last few weeks and shared memories, favourite pieces and thoughts about Joan, and the result is this 1 hour tribute.
Featured are Joe McKiernan, Louise Phillips, Triona Walsh, Joan Byrne, Colm Keegan and David Mohan - there are also some clips from that show of last year - with Joan herself reading.
It will be played at 4pm on Sunday on Liffey Sound - link on the right there as always, and then put up on the archive hopefully soon after.
Thanks to Joan's family for their permission to do this, and don't forget to get yourself a copy of Joan's brilliant book -
Here's a nice little review of it