An Interview in Die Welt

An interview with me appeared in the German broadsheet Die Welt at the weekend.

It follows on some of the points raised in my essay for International Literature Showcase ‘Crossing Borders’ which was later picked up by The Belfast Telegraph.

The interview is in German, of course, so I have only google translate to help me read it. I hope I come across ok.

The German translation of The Good Son is ‘Guter Junge’ and if you happen to speak German you might enjoy these short extracts read by a wonderful German actor Denis Abrahams – Part 1 & Part 2.

 

Guter Junge

“Told vividly and with grim humour… McVeigh’s lush and, against all probability colourful novel from a black and white world bears the utopia that even in dark times, the hope can not be defeated.” Die Welt

 

 

 

Crossing Borders printed in Belfast Telegraph

My essay, commissioned by the Writers Centre Norwich for the International Literary Showcase ‘Crossing Borders’ was picked up by The Belfast Telegraph, Northern Ireland’s most popular newspaper. I  thought it was just online but was shocked and honoured to see they had included the whole thing over two pages in their print issue.

Belfast Telegraph

There has been a terrific response in the North and the South of Ireland and also in the rest of the UK.

I hope you can read it. Let me know what you think.

My Essay on Northern Ireland

Writing about politics in Northern Ireland is a risky business and with every sentence you suspect you’re polishing a rod for your own back.

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This is a short essay I wrote for the International Literary Showcase about Crossing Borders – my thoughts on my nationality prompted by the 1916 centenary last year.

Here’s a short snippet from the introduction…

“Last year Ireland marked the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising. This disastrous rebellion was the spark that led, a few years later, to Irish independence. Freedom was to come at a high price: a peace treaty with the British demanded part of the island remain under their rule which caused a bitter civil war that tore the country apart. The Pro-Treaty side won. A rift had been carved into the psyche of the newly freed Irish, and on the land itself, when the border between North and South was drawn.”

Head over here to read the full essay.

This piece was commissioned as part of the International Literature Showcase’s ‘Crossing Borders‘ series.