Children’s author Eoin Colfer on why he loves Hook Head, Ireland

‘As a boy I looked through the bevelled glass of the lighthouse at the Irish landscape, skewed and magical, framed by curved, shining bezels. I think I’ve seen the world that way ever since’

Hook Head lighthouse is one of the oldest working lighthouses in the world. I remember as a boy being allowed into the inner sanctum of the light room and sitting inside the space between the lenses, looking out at the world through the bevelled glass. I saw my father, larger than life, and the Irish landscape, skewed and magical, framed by curved, shining bezels. I think I have seen the world that way ever since.

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