Salisbury Literature Festival

I’ll be teaching at Writers’ Day at Salisbury Literature Festival on Oct 20th.

“Our guests this year will be – Paul McVeigh, Yvonne Battle-Felton, Susmita Bhattacharya, Helen Corner-Bryant, Amy Fitzgerald, Charlie Campbell, John Bond and Tariq Goddard. Early Bird tickets will be available from Monday 15th July. More info here – Writers’ Day

Hope to see some of you there.

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“I devoured it in a day, but I’ve thought about it for many, many more.”
Bailey’s Prize-winner Lisa McInerney
“A triumph of storytelling. An absolute gem.”
Donal Ryan

 

 

 

Podcast: JLF London on The Short Story

Chris Power, Namita Gokhale and Navtej Sarna in conversation with Paul McVeigh. This episode is a live session from JLF London at The British Library, June 19, 2019.

I hope you enjoy this conversation about the short story.

You can read my latest short story, The Swimmers, in Faber’s ‘Being Various’ Anthology of Irish Short Stories.

 

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‘A very impressive tale from a writer I always enjoy reading – a powerful and gripping story’ Storgy

 

‘The Swimmers’ Review

I’ll be reading at the Embassy of Ireland in London tonight, launching the new Faber anthology alongside Bailey’s Prize winner Eimear McBride, Lucy Caldwell, and Kit de Waal.

Meanwhile…

Storgy Review of ‘Being Various’ Anthology includes a review of my story ‘The Swimmers’.

“Paul McVeighThe Swimmers – McVeigh delivers a broiling tale which as I was reading gave me a very unsettling vibe. There is something hidden deep within the prose that was disturbing to read and digest, something lurking in the periphery of the story that isn’t uttered but lurks there with a malignant intent. An unspoken secret (possible abuse) sewn delicately throughout the story – but at the heart of the story there is an innocence too, a childlike purity which McVeigh captures mesmerically, the innocence punctuates the story masterfully, blending perfectly with the underlying deep and dark themes that are deftly sewn into the fabric of the story. The Swimmers is about a son who wants to impress his Da, wants his Da to love him for who he is and what he is. He wants to do anything and everything he can to impress him, to spend time with him, to keep swimming with him. No matter the cost, the hurt or the trouble. A very impressive tale from a writer I always enjoy reading – a powerful and gripping story which unsettles the reader…and what a joy it is to be unsettled from time-to-time.”

Thanks 🙂

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Talking Jaipur Literature Festival on TV

“Launch of the Jaipur Literature Festival which takes place in Belfast between 21 to 23 June. An opportunity to hear some of the most renowned authors and cultural commentators from India, Ireland the UK and beyond, coming together to share stories and discuss topical themes. Interviews with Writer Paul McVeigh, Arts Council NI Nóirín McKinney and Chef Asma Khan.”

You can hear me talk on NVTV about the Jaipur Literature Festival and that they are bringing their newest satellite version in Belfast which I’m involved with. The segment starts about 17 mins in.

For more on JLF Belfast.

 

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Me with Asma Khan of “Chef’s Table’ on Netflix

 

 

Q & A with me in Irish News

Writer Paul McVeigh on Al Green,

David Bowie and Billy Wilder

‘Belfast author Paul McVeigh is involved in organising this month’s inaugural Jaipur Literature Festival Belfast.’

You can read a Q&A with me here, about fantasy wedding music to favourite films.

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“I devoured it in a day, but I’ve thought about it for many, many more.”
Bailey’s Prize-winner Lisa McInerney
“A triumph of storytelling. An absolute gem.”
Donal Ryan

 

 

A Talk with Booker-Shortlisted Alison Moore

FINDING THE BALANCE –

WRITING LIFE POST-PUBLICATION

‘We invited Salt authors Alison Moore and Paul McVeigh to discuss how they managed writing life post-publication.’

I’ve met Alison a number of times over the last few years and she is one of the loveliest people you could meet. It was amazing then that we ended up with the same publisher. Salt asked us to have a chat about ‘finding the balance’.

You can read the conversation on Salt’s website here.

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“I devoured it in a day, but I’ve thought about it for many, many more.”
Bailey’s Prize-winner Lisa McInerney
“A triumph of storytelling. An absolute gem.”
Donal Ryan