<> Boyd103 Boyd Letters Boyd Estate 1981 Feb 3rd Linen Hall Library Wednesday, March 16, 2016 TIFF Boyd103 Letter Flats, Popular English https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/content/boyd103 Linen Hall Library Linen Hall Library Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/sites/default/files/Boyd103_1.jpg LHL Archive ´╗┐JIRI SVOBODA 55 Northern Ireland. 3rd February 1981 Mr. Jiri Svoboda, ViSneva 6, 800 CO Bratislava, SSSR. Dear r. Svoboda, Thank you very much tor your New Year's Card. I was glad to learn that THE FLATS was popular. I enclose a copy of THE FARM, in addition to a publicity note. This play was very successful in Ireland. It will probably oe published here during the summer. I send it to you because it has an interest for both urban and rural viewers. There is a more local dialect in it, but not very much. For example, the word 'window' is written as 'winda'; and 'never' as 'niver'. I don't think, however, a translator would have too many difficulties, but if there are any problems I would be pleased to interpret a list given to me. Like all my plays it has, I think, a strong social and political intent^ Although I have said it is of interest to rural and urban viewers, the principal theme is about the struggle for the land. This theme is, of course, a universal one. In each of my plays i select an aspect of the social struggle, my intention being to illuminate it fron the point of view of a socialist playwright. I should be glad to have your opinion of THE FARM. If it is not suitable, perhaps I should give you a synopsis of some of my other plays, so that you may have a better idea of the Kind of play that is most suitable. With best wishes, Yours sincerely, (John Boyd) Text