Podcast: A New Short Story

The Art of Border Living Podcasts

The short story podcasts inspired by the border in Ireland and the WW1 centenary are now available to listen to online. They feature new writing by me, Garrett Carr, Claire Louise Bennett, Nuala O’ Connor and Women’s Fiction Prize-winner Kamila Shamsie.

The stories were commissioned by Verbal Arts and 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary. 

You can listen to the stories here.

Franco-Irish Literary Festival March 2018

FRANCO-IRISH LITERARY FESTIVAL Theme: Sexe, Sex, Gnea, 23, 24, 25 March 2018

I hope to see some you at this wonderful festival in Dublin which includes authors like Anne Enright, Rob Doyle and Lisa McInerney.

Event One: Panel discussion: An chéad bhlaiseadh / Like a virgin / Toute première fois

Time: Sat 24th March 12.15 to 1.15pm  

Venue: Dublin Castle, Castle Hall

Moderator: Dominique Le Meur

WITH:

  • Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill
  • Myriam Gallot
  • Paul McVeigh

Event Two: Panel discussion: An 21ú céad: gnéas fíor nó fíorúil /The 21th Sex /Le 21e Sexe 

Time: 12.15 to 1.15pm, Sunday 25 March

Venue: Alliance Française, 1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Moderator:  Michael Cronin

WITH:

  • Lisa McInerney
  • Françoise Rey
  • Paul McVeigh
  • Sylvain Bosselet

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My New Short Story in Numero Cinq

So it’s rare that I put work online. And I’ve never written anything like this.
I’d love to know what you think of this departure in style – ‘Hollow’.

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Here’s what Numero Cinq said about the story…

“To close out our amazing Irish lit series Uimhir a Cúig (No. 5 in Irish) we have wonderfully strange and disturbing short story from the award-winning Belfast novelist Paul McVeigh. Think of Ovid and the brothers Grimm in a mash up, plant-human sex, and the inevitably terrible outcome.”

A little about the magazine…

“Now in its seventh year the magazine has published a stellar array of new and known (international, award-winning) writers including among others, Lynn Coady, Mavis Gallant, Lance Olsen, Lydia Davis, Anthony Doerr, George Szirtes, Andrew Gallix, Kevin Barry, Nuala Ní Chonchúir, John Kelly, Doireann Ni Griofa and Kevin Barry. They’ve published novellas, entire books, plays, poems, translations, fiction, nonfiction, sermons, criticism, memoirs, music, art work, hybrid art, conceptual art, provocative graphics.”

What do you think of Hollow?

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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.