Working With Your Heroes

It’s been an amazing year so far. I’ve appeared on panels with two of my heroes – George Saunders on BBC Radio 3 and Anne Enright at Livre sur le quais – and now I’ll be in three events with Claire Keegan at Singapore Writers Festival. I can’t wait.

Lyrical Éire: An Irish Night Of Words And Music

DATE / TIME: 3 Nov, Fri 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM

VENUE: The Arts House, Chamber
With Cat Brogan, Deborah Emmanuel, Abby Oliveira, Deirdre Sullivan, & Julian Gough and Claire Keegan.

The pipes are calling… Irish writers, performance poets and musicians will gather for a bewitching evening of sonorous voices and beautiful turns of phrase. Six Irish artists will be joined by two Singaporean writers as they celebrate the magic of Ireland. The evening will be graced by Irish Ambassador Geoffrey Keating.

Between Brexit and the Deep Blue Sea: Being Irish in a Divided Europe 

Panel Discussion – with Cat Brogan and Claire Keegan.

DATE / TIME: 4 Nov, Sat 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM 

VENUE: National Gallery Singapore, Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium

The future will see Ireland geographically separated from the rest of the European Union by a post-Brexit Britain. Meanwhile, the refugee crisis and various causes of socio-political unrest continue to put pressure on an increasingly divided Europe. Where do the Irish see themselves in this volatile landscape? Two fiction writers and one performance poet discuss the impact of such upheavals on their writing, and how issues of migration, asylum and integration seep into their works.

Grace In Gravity: The Craft of Characterisation and Setting

DATE / TIME 5 Nov, Sun 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

VENUE: The Arts House, Blue Room

A young character survives a difficult childhood and attains actualisation. That is the story at the heart of acclaimed novels and novellas by authors Claire Keegan, Deirdre Sullivan and Paul McVeigh. The three Irish writers will talk about the formal elements of their works, from characterisation to the evocation of mood and setting.


Me and Claire Keegan

I interviewed Claire Keegan at Belfast Book Festival, Cork Short Story Festival and London Short Story Festival . This will be the first time I’ll be joining her as an author.


Appearing at Singapore Writers Festival

The Straight Times announces I’ll be attending the Singapore Writers Festival in November alongside Claire Keegan, Colin Barrett & 6 other Irish writers. Can’t wait!

The festival runs from Nov 3-12 with Ireland as this year’s focused country and ‘goodness’ is the theme. Pretty amazing as my novel is The Good Son’.

I’ll post more information when the programme is confirmed.

The Good Son 3rd Editon

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Winner of The Polari Prize

“Pungently funny and shot through with streaks of aching sadness.” Patrick Gale
“I devoured it in a day, but I’ve thought about it for many, many more.” Lisa McInerney
“A triumph of storytelling. An absolute gem.” Donal Ryan


Cork International Short Story Festival. Sept 22-26.

I am very excited to be attending the Cork International Short Story Festival for the second year (you can download the programme here). It will be my third visit to Cork, having read at last year’s short story festival and  the Cork World Book Festival this April for the Irish launch of The Good Son. I love this city and have made some great friends there. I love The Penny Dreadful lit mag that comes out of Cork too.


At this year’s festival I won’t be reading, instead I have the honour of chairing an event with this year’s Edge Hill Prize-winner Kirsty Gunn and one of my favourite short story writers Claire Keegan, on Saturday 26th.

If you love short stories I urge you to go to Cork this year. The festival is chock full of the finest short story writers from around the world. Festival Director Patrick Cotter always puts on a great programme and this year is no exception. You get to hear authors read and hang out with them too if you’re lucky. You can also takes classes. This year there are courses delivered by new Irish sensation Danielle McLaughlin who has just had her second short story published in The New Yorker.


There’s also a course with Claire Keegan. I brought Claire to the London Short Story Festival last year and watching the writers leave her masterclass was quite a sight. They were stunned. I asked a few for feedback and they said they’d never experienced anything like it. One said she got more from that afternoon than the whole of her 2 year MA course! Don’t miss this opportunity.

Among the many other writers there you have Toby Litt, Frank O’Connor Award-winner Carys Davies and Helen Link from the USA. I hope to see some of you there.