Radio 4 Story Recorded Today!

My second short story commission from BBC Radio 4 was recorded today at the BBCNI studios. It was read by the excellent Belfast actor Tony Flynn and produced by Michael Shannon. The transmission date is down for November 22 at 3.45pm.

‘Cuckoo’ is a departure for me so I’m a little nervous. I hope you like it.

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George Town Literary Festival Nov 24-26

I’ll be attending the George Town Literary Festival in Penang, Malaysia, 24/25/26. You can read about it The Malaysian Insight.

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My first event is;

Conversations: The Monsters Within: Man versus Man

Speakers: Kosal Khiev, Paul McVeigh, Nisha Ayub

Moderator: Danton Remoto

Writing and talking about violence is painful but necessary. How do we deal with real violence and how do we deal with fictive violence? How do writers and activists resist and confront violence in themselves, their lives and their work? Here, we listen to three remarkable individuals who have overcome violence in their lives and have used the transformative forms of writing, poetry and activism to shape their stories and to help inspire others to tell their own.

Date: Saturday, 25 Nov at 11.15am12.15

Venue: Earth, Wisma UAB

 

My second event is a little unusual as it’s poetry – I’ve chosen the work of 3 Northern Irish poets to read Stephanie Conn, Padraig Regan & Stephen Sexton.

 

Poetry Marathon

Poets: A. Samad Said, Al-Mustaqeem M. Radhi, Takako Arai, Jérôme Bouchaud, Maung Day, Jelena Dinic, Ulrike Draesner, Kosal Khiev, Gerður Kristný, Lynne Lawner, Kirsty Logan, M. Aan Mansyur, Paul McVeigh, Laksmi Pamuntjak, Rahmat Haron, James Shea, Darryl Whetter and Gündüz Vassaf

A non-stop performance by festival poets, translators and their work. A celebration of poets, poetry and the world.

Date: Saturday, 25 Nov 12.30pm–2.00pm

Venue: Earth, Wisma UAB

 

My third and final event is;

When Immortals Walked Among Us

Speakers: Gerður Kristný, Paul McVeigh, Arshia Sattar, Zen Cho

Moderator: Jason Erik Lundberg

There are many commonalities in the world’s mythologies and cosmologies. Greek legends, Norse and Celtic sagas, and Hindu epics all had gods and goddesses who were anthropomorphic and therefore resistant to Joseph Campbell’s argument – ‘that the secret cause of all suffering is mortality itself, which is the prime condition of life.’ Did the immortals deny humans the right to live uninterrupted, guilt-free lives? What is the notion of ‘god’ and its mythos in literature? We examine some of our most enduring myths, the power they still wield in our everyday lives and narratives, and how these stories have evolved from then until now.

Date: Sunday, November 26 at 11:15 AM12:15

VenueBangunan UAB

I hope to see some of you there.

Thanks to Culture Ireland for their support.

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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.”