14 Sept, Interviewing Chris Power

Chris Power in conversation with Paul McVeigh

10pm, Firkin Crane Theatre (€5)

Chris Power lives and works in London. His ‘Brief Survey of the Short Story’ has appeared in the Guardian since 2007. His fiction has been published in The Stinging FlyThe Dublin Review and The White ReviewMothers is his first book.

The Good Son, Paul McVeigh’s debut novel, won The Polari Prize and The McCrea Literary Award. It was shortlisted for The Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award, the Prix du Roman Cezam in France and a finalist for The People’s Book Prize. The Good Sonwas chosen as Brighton’s City Reads 2016 and was given out as part of World Book Night 2017. Paul has written comedy, essays, flash fiction, a novel, plays and short stories, and his work has been performed on stage and radio, and published in seven languages.

Lucy Caldwell Interviews Me on Child Narrators

Lucy Caldwell and Paul McVeigh discuss The Good Son

You can take the child out of Belfast:

two writers explore the challenges and rewards of using a child narrator

I was delighted to find this interview with Lucy Caldwell in The Irish Times which I’d forgotten about. I hope you enjoy it.

Lucy recently commissioned me as part of a new Faber anthology on Irish writing ‘Being Various’. I read the story for the first time at the International Conference on the Short Story in Lisbon. Look out for that next year.

Cork World Book Festival

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Winner of The Polari Prize & The McCrea Literary Award
“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

My Interview with Kit de Waal in The Irish Times

You can read my interview with author Kit de Waal in The Irish Times today.

“When I arrive at Kit de Waal’s she’s in her writing cabin in the back garden of her house in Leamington. De Waal gets a kick out of using the no-frills Leamington while the locals insist on its full title:Royal Leamington Spa. No surprise, really, as though outwardly seeming to have fallen far from the tree in this wealthy, white, middle-England town, this author holds tightly to her roots; Brummie, Irish, West Indian and working class.”

Read the full interview on their site.

Kit’s new novel is the Irish Book Club choice for this month.

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de Waal and I shared the stage at a festival in Morges last year and at the above event for Royal Society of Literature

 

Interview in Greek Newspaper

Μια Passionate About Writing συνέντευξη με τον Paul McVeigh

There’s an interview with me in a Greek newspaper ‘Athens Voice’ ahead of my International Creative Writing Summer School in Athens in June.

If you can read Greek I’d love to know how it sounds.

Here’s the course…

Flash Fiction with Paul McVeigh
4–8 June 2018

  • Designed for aspiring and accomplished writers alike who want to enhance their skills for writing flash fiction and short fiction
  • Participants will explore and discuss flash fiction and micro literature from a variety of authors and consider their sources of inspiration, and will also have the opportunity to experiment with voice and style
  • Workshops will centre on exercises, constructive feedback, experimentation and discussion in a supportive and friendly atmosphere
Cork World Book Festival

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Winner of The Polari Prize & The McCrea Literary Award
“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

Interviewing Anne Enright in London

Last year I had the honour of sharing the stage with Anne Enright at Le Livre Sur les Quais in Switzerland last year. This St Patrick’s Eve I’ll be interviewing her live on stage in London for Word Factory. More info below…

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WORD FACTORY PRESENTS:

SPECIAL EVENT – An Evening with Anne Enright

On the eve of St Patrick’s Day, meet one of the most celebrated literary figures of our age. Man Booker prize winner Anne Enright is the Laureate for Irish Fiction, an acclaimed novelist, short story writer and essayist. Her books include The Wig My Father Wore, The Gathering and The Portable Virgin. In this one-off London event, reading new work commissioned by Word Factory for the Change Maker series, Anne will explore the boundaries of short fiction in new work and her writing life, in conversation with Word Factory associate director Paul McVeigh. Paul, who lives in Belfast, is author of the acclaimed The Good Son, set in the Northern Ireland of the 1970’s.

DON’T MISS THIS MEMORABLE EVENING.

Salon limited to 80 places.

Date and Time

Fri 16 March 2018

19:00 – 20:30 GMT

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Location

Waterstones

203-206 Piccadilly

London

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Ciaran McMenamin, Sally Rooney & June Caldwell this Sunday

I’m chairing this exciting event – Young Blood: Ciaran McMenamin, Sally Rooney & June Caldwell – this Sunday at The Seamus Heaney Homeplace.

All these authors are making a splash with their first books – novels and short stories. Come along and find out all about there journey to publication and how they’ve coped with success.

Show starts at 3pm.

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
“Funny, raw and endlessly entertaining.” Johnathan Coe

 

 

Short Interview w/ Ubud Festival

“With over 150 speakers from 31 countries, this year’s UWRF lineup is a literary treasure trove of discoveries. Each week in the lead up to the Festival, we’ll speak to a writer whose work you may not yet have encountered, but who could well turn out to be your Festival favorite. For the sixth installment, we spoke to Paul McVeigh, award-winning short story writer and Founder of the London Short Story Festival.”

You can read the short interview here.

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Interview with Booker Shortlisted George Saunders

George Saunders has been shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize. I was lucky enough to interview George a couple of years ago. It was an amazing experience and a real ‘moment’ in my writing career.
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George Saunders (c) Paul McVeigh

Recently I got to sit on a panel with for BBC Radio 3 thanks to New Writing North & Word Factory. We talked about the short story and read some of our work.
George and me BBC 3
George was up for another interview that day which we did thanks to Bloomsbury Books. You can read it over at The Irish Times where George talks about his debut novel, writing, Trump and his wife’s upcoming novel. I hope you enjoy it.

Podcast of Me & Eimear McBride on Anaïs Nin

Last night the first part of John Kelly’s new radio series, The Reading List, was aired. Eimear McBride, Bailey’s Prize-winning author of ‘A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing’, and myself, discuss the Anaïs Nin classic ‘A Spy in the House of Love’.

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You can listen here – The Reading List with John Kelly

Here’s what they say on the RTE website:

‘A Spy in the House of Love’ by Anaïs Nin.

“Writers Eimear McBride and Paul McVeigh discuss Nin’s 1954 novella, the story of Sabina and her pursuit of pleasure through her relationships with four very different men.”