I’ll be returning to Ardoyne Library during Book Week NI. This library was where I would hide from the streets of Ardoyne – the bullies and The Troubles. It’s where I indulged my love for books, as we had none in our house, and I don’t know what I would have done without it! Come along if you can.
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.
‘A very impressive tale from a writer I always enjoy reading – a powerful and gripping story’ Storgy
Well, this is a corker.
Date Saturday 15 June 2019
Time 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Price£12 | £10
Venue: The Crescent Arts Centre
A Panel Discussion With Roddy Doyle, John Boyne & Kit De Waal Chaired By Paul McVeigh
Do fiction writers have a responsibility to engage with politics? The line between fiction and nonfiction is constantly blurred, especially in the post-truth climate of today. Fiction reflects the world around us, and the world around us at this particular moment in time is in crisis: politically, socially and culturally.
And so, in this tumultuous political climate, this panel will raise, and attempt to answer questions such as, whether fiction writers hold a responsibility to engage with and write about politics?; whether fiction can affect politics?; and whether all fiction is political?
Making up stories is an inherently political act, but that doesn’t mean that the stories are about politics. Does fiction have the ability to change minds? Come and enter into the conversation with these four writers as they discuss and shed light upon a question of pressing importance.
Hope to see some of you there.
Paul McVeigh to read at the NAWE Conference
‘Paul McVeigh will be the guest reader, in York, on Saturday 9 November 2019.
Paul’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.
Paul wrote plays and comedy with his shows touring the UK and Ireland including the Edinburgh Festival and London’s West End. His short stories have been in The Irish Times, The London Magazine, Faber’s ‘Being Various’, Kit de Waal’s ‘Common People’, on BBC Radio 3, 4 & 5 and Sky Arts. He co-founded the London Short Story Festival.
Paul also writes for The Irish Times and his work has been translated into seven languages.’
“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.”