You can read the full review here.
The 32: An Anthology of Irish Working-Class Voices
Thursday 29 July 2021 Time
7:00 pm Location: Online
Free Book Now -The 32 is a celebration of working-class voices from the island of Ireland and it features 16 published writers and 16 new voices writing about their experience of being working class in Ireland. In this event editor Paul McVeigh speaks to four of the contributors Riley Johnston, Dave Lordan, Abby Oliveira and Rick O’Shea.
We read because we want to experience lives and emotions beyond our own, to learn, to see with others’ eyes.
Edited by award-winning novelist Paul McVeigh, this intimate and illuminating collection features memoir and essays from established and emerging Irish voices including Kevin Barry, Dermot Bolger, Roddy Doyle, Lisa McInerney, Lyra McKee and many more. The 32 is published by Unbound on 8 July 2021.
Too often, working-class writers find that the hurdles they come up against are higher and harder to leap over than those faced by writers from more affluent backgrounds. As in Common People – an anthology of working-class writers in the UK edited by Kit de Waal and the inspiration behind this collection – The 32 sees writers who have made that leap reach back to give a helping hand to those coming up behind. Without these working-class voices, without the vital reflection of real lives or role models for working-class readers and writers, literature will be poorer. We will all be poorer.
“The 32 voices in this anthology are truly diverse, culled from all corners of our island.”
A wonderful review of The 32 in The Irish Independent.
“The 32 is an insightful, funny and touching collection, with a range of voices and viewpoints that must be heard.”
You can read the whole interview here.
Short Story Workshop: Write Short Stories that Stand Out
3 x two-hour workshop sessions
In this course you will find out what competition judges, anthology and journal editors look for in a short story. You will get tips on where to start the action and how to grab the reader. You will also look at submission opportunities, how to find them and where you should be sending your stories.
This workshop will be hosted in the Marketplace Theatre, Armagh on the following dates. Your £66 fee covers all three workshop sessions.
- Monday 26th July 2021, 1430hrs to 1630hrs
- Tuesday 27th July 2021, 1430hrs to 1630hrs
- Thursday 29th July 2021, 1430hrs to 1630hrs
“The Good Son is a work of genius from a splendid writer.”
Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Olen Butler
“A triumph of storytelling. An absolute gem.” Donal Ryan
On Saturday I chaired a very special event for Belfast Book Festival with Colm Toibin and Mary Dorcey about the Queer Love anthology – it was such a warm conversation about the growing up LGBT in Ireland.
This Saturday coming, June 19th, I’m doing my first event in the USA for Carlow University (sadly online) with Mary Dorcey again. This time however I’m a guest writer and will be reading from my work.
The third event is with Jamie O’Connell who has also has a story in Queer Love. We’ll be talking about that and our novels.
Do come along – the two upcoming are free!
A Taster of the ‘Queer Love’ Event on Saturday 12 June 8pm
This week’s Culture Cafe on BBC Radio Ulster gathers some of the guests at the Belfast Book Festival 2021.
Including Colm Tóibín and me on being part of the literary road map for Irish LGBTQ+ writers and readers starting around 4.40 mins in. The full event takes place this Saturday – you can buy tickets here.
The @FestivalUCD has over 100 *free* online events across science, arts, performance, wellbeing and more.
The 32: An Anthology of Irish Working-Class Voices
Sat 29 May at 5:00 pm – Sat 29 May at 6:00 pm
Paul McVeigh is the editor of The 32 – an upcoming collection of essays and memoir, bringing together sixteen well-known writers from working class backgrounds with an equal number of new and emerging writers from all over the island of Ireland. He’ll be in conversation with two of the featured authors Lisa McInerney and Michael Nolan.
My short interview with George Saunders for Word Factory on ‘A Swim in a Pond in the Rain’.
Queer Love: Colm Toibin, Shannon Yee & Paul McVeigh at Belfast Book Festival
Date Saturday 12 June 2021
Time 8:00 PM
Queer Love seeks to go some way to redress the lack of acknowledgement of the LGBTQI+ community in Irish literary anthologies. The Anthology features a mixture of established writers of international standing, writers who have been making a splash in recent years and new emerging writers.
Join Anthology Editor Paul McVeigh who will be in conversation with contributors Colm Toibin and Shannon Ye to discuss the book.
Colm Toibin is an Irish novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, journalist, critic, and poet. He is the author of nine novels, including The Master and Brooklyn, and two collections of stories. His play The Testament of Mary was nominated for the Tony Awards for Best Play. He is a contributing editor at the London Review of Books and Chancellor of the University of Liverpool.
Shannon Ye is an award-winning writer and creative producer. Her perspectives as an immigrant, biracial ethnic minority (Chinese/Caucasian), queer artist-mother with a disability living in Northern Ireland are deeply embedded in her work. Her award-winning, self-produced, Reassembled, Slightly Askew sonically immerses audiences in her autobiographical experience of her acquired brain injury and since it premiered in 2015 has toured locally, nationally and internationally. Her current projects include her first short story collection, a dance film about pandemic parenting, a children’s book about the impact of lockdown on young children’s mental health, and a radio commission. Her short story, The Brightening Up Side,was published in Belfast Stories (Doire Press, 2019), and Thumbnails was published in Queer Love: An Irish Anthology (Southward Editions, 2020), alongside Colm Toíbin, Emma Donaghue, and John Boyne.
Paul McVeigh‘s debut novel, The Good Son, won The Polari First Novel Prize and The McCrea Literary Award and was shortlisted for many others including the Prix du Roman Cezam in France. His short stories have appeared in Faber’s Being Various, Kit de Waal’s Common People, The Art of the Glimpse and have been read on Radio 4 and Sky Arts. He is associate director of Word Factory ‘the national organisation for excellence in the short story’ – The Guardian, and he co-founded London Short Story Festival. Paul has edited Belfast Stories, Queer Love: Anthology of Irish Fiction and The 32: An Anthology of Irish Working Class Voices.