Maggie O’Farrell makes her first visit to Hinterland having just added a critically acclaimed memoir to her already impressive list of novels and literary awards. The author of seven novels, she won a Somerset Maugham Award in 2005 for The Distance Between Us. She followed that up five years later with the 2010 Costa Novel Award for The Hand That First Held Mine. The memoir that caused such a stir in late 2017 is I Am, I Am, I Am, a narrative of 17 near-death encounters that have punctuated her life. These include a mismanaged labour in an understaffed hospital. She talks to Sinead Gleeson.