Brigit of Kildare, Ann Egan, (2001) (novel/poetry)
Brigid of Kildare, Cindy Thomson, (2006) (novel)
“The Brideog” by Casey June Wolf. Escape Clause: A Speculative Fiction Anthology, edited by Clelie Rich (2009)
Brigid of Kildare, Heather Terrell (2010) (novel)
(People! You’ve got to start getting more imaginative in the Brigit book titles! It’s getting a bit hard to tell them apart.)
Confessions of a Pagan Nun, Kate Horsley, (2001) (novel)
Sister Fidelma series (novels), Peter Tremayne/Peter Beresford Ellis (1994 onward)
At times authors feel free to dispense with, or are unaware of, important facts about the person or her times, and paint very misleading pictures as a result. Possibly this is unimportant to you if you’re looking for entertainment only and don’t also want to learn about the subject of the book. In our case, we do want to increase our understanding of Brigit, as goddess or saint or both; only one of the three novels included here is worth turning to for that purpose—Brigit of Kildare by Ann Egan.
The single short story looks at a traditional visitation on St. Brigit's Eve by Wolf, a Canadian writer of speculative fiction.
Terrell’s novel aims to be a rousing mystery story of the DaVinci Code ilk, with no particular religious sentiment beyond a dash of feminist revisionism. There is more polish in her writing than in Thompson’s, but it never comes alive; between that and the mishandling of historical materials, this book, which I was so looking forward to, is very disappointing.
The Tomb of Reeds, Sarah Baylis. Julia MacRae Books, London. 1987. Hardcover, 174 pp. Young Adult (YA), (Also available in paperback from Swallow Books, 1988.)
3Dream Angus, by Alexander McCall Smith—based in large part on Irish mythology but straying to the present time in half of the stories. For a more enthusiastic review go here.
This novel was commissioned by the Kildare County Council Library and Arts Centre, Kildare, Ireland. Its author is intimately connected with the arts community in Kildare and with the annual festival of Saint Brigit, Féile Bhríde, presided over by the sisters of Solas Bhride. Recipient of a number of awards for poetry, Ann Egan brings her poetic touch to her first novel, Brigit of Kildare. She has deeply observed the elements that make up her subject and her surroundings. Her eye for the details of country life, her reverence for her Celtic Pagan ancestors and their medieval Christian counterparts, and her own spiritual sensibility come through on every page.
Brigid of Kildare, Heather Terrell, Ballantine Books. (2010)