Carlow University’s MFA in Creative Writing Program presents “A Reading with Mary Dorcey and Paul McVeigh” – Saturday June 19th at 8pm Irish/UK time. Free to all just register here.
Follow in the footsteps of AS Byatt, Anne Enright, Neil Gaiman, Sarah Hall, Tobias Wolff and many more, and read at the world famous Word Factory. But a ticket and see if your name gets pulled out of the hat.
All money raised will go directly into supporting our free mentoring award, the Word Factory Apprentice Award.
JLF Doha, Qatar: Dec 12-14
I’m excited to be heading to Qatar soon for JLF Doha. Here are my events at the Qatar National Library.
In a world fraught with conflict, eminent writers speak of how they make sense of the disturbances and dystopias around us. Prayaag Akbar’s award-winning novel Leila, adapted into a popular Netflix series, addresses the ongoing conflicts in society. Paul McVeigh’s debut novel, The Good Son, tells the story of the Irish Troubles in turbulent Belfast. Writer and academic Ahmed Dallal has examined the conflicts of the Middle East.
What is Not Said: Celebrating the Short Story: Alex Shaw, Kaltam Jabor M. Al-kuwari and Paul McVeigh in conversation
The brevity of short fiction, illuminating transformative moments in life, eliminating all that is unnecessary, takes it to the heart of the reader. A session which investigates and celebrates the form and function of the short story. Conversations and contextual readings featuring Alex Shaw, author of the popular Aidan Snow SAS series, Kaltam Jabor M. Al-kuwari, the first Qatari women to author a collection of short stories, and Paul McVeigh, author of The Good Son and director and co-founder of London Short Story Festival, Paul McVeigh.
I hope to see some of you in Doha!
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.
News Flash: Book one of Word Factory’s Summer events (here: https://bit.ly/2Wjzjc9) and email your booking info to email@example.com and they’ll give you a place at our FULLY BOOKED Irish Embassy event in June featuring Eimear McBride, Kit de Waal, Lucy Caldwell and Paul McVeigh. More info about the event here: https://bit.ly/2GHtZbv
Hurry – this offer is limited to 20 tickets!
WORD FACTORY PRESENTS:
Being Various: New Irish Writing at the Irish Embassy
Readings and conversation with Eimear McBride, Kit de Waal, Lucy Caldwell and Paul McVeigh
A fantastic opportunity to share an evening with some of the finest Irish writers of our time.
What distinguishes nationality? Lucy Caldwell addresses this key question as editor of Being Various, New Irish Short Stories(Faber). Her vivid anthology explores a multi-cultural country at a transitional point in history, depicting lives and a sense of belonging in Ireland and also relevant to us all.
Word Factory is delighted to celebrate the anthology at a wine reception hosted by the Irish Ambassador Adrian O’Neill and Cathy Galvin at the Irish Embassy in London on Thursday 27th June 6pm-9pm.
Please note: though the event is free, it is vital to book your place in advance so that your name can be added to our special guest list.
I’ll reading/performing a short story, commissioned especially for this incredible project, at the Barbican, London on Feb 23rd.
It will be part of the Postcards From the Future event – ’50 years from now what will the UK look like? Four respected wordsmiths Paul McVeigh, Dreda Say Mitchell, Tony Mason and A. L. Kennedy write and perform a monologue sending us a postcard from 2069.’
Here’s some more about the project…
“Free and open to all, the day will showcase works from Sky Arts’ Art 50 which invited artists of all kinds, from all walks of life, from all artistic genres, to create a piece of work which says something important about national identity in 2019. Come celebrate the diversity and creativity of a nation through dance, music, photography and film. Highlights of the performances, shows and activities throughout the day will be the chance to see brand new work from contemporary dance group Boy Blue and Ivor Novello award winner, Nitin Sawhney with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain – all for free.”
Brooks Literary Salon with Paul McVeigh
I’ll be talking to literary guests including Bailey’s and Encore Prize-winner Lisa McInerney, Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year winner Gavin Corbett and Éilís Ní Dhuibhne who received the Irish Pen Award for an Outstanding Contribution to Irish Literature and a Hennessy Hall of Fame Award for Lifetime Achievement. Join us at the beautiful, boutique, Brooks Hotel situated in the fashionable heart of Dublin city for a one-off special evening of readings and discussion. Brooks are offering a special pre-salon deal – two tapas plus a glass of house wine at €18.50 per person.
Featuring Lisa McInerney who’s work has featured in Winter Papers, The Stinging Fly, Granta, The Guardian, BBC Radio 4 and various anthologies. Her story ‘Navigation’ was longlisted for the 2017 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. Her debut novel The Glorious Heresies won the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and the 2016 Desmond Elliott Prize. Her second novel, The Blood Miracles, won the 2018 RSL Encore Award.
Gavin Corbett is from Dublin. He is the author of three novels: Innocence, This Is the Way, and Green Glowing Skull. He is a winner of the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year and teaches across the creative writing programmes at UCD.
N Dhuibhne is an Irish novelist, short story writer and playwright in both Irish and English. Eilis has won many awards for her work, including the Stewart Parker Award for Drama, Bisto ‘Book of the Year’ Award, several Oireachtas awards for play and novels, and a shortlisting for the Orange Prize for Fiction. Her most recent books are Selected Stories (Dalkey Archive Press 2017), and a memoir, Twelve Thousand Days (Blackstaff Press, 2018). She received the Irish Pen Award for an Outstanding Contribution to Irish Literature in 2015, and a Hennessy Hall of Fame Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2016.
Hosted by Paul McVeigh who’s debut novel, The Good Son, won The Polari First Novel Prize and The McCrea Literary Award. His short stories have been in The Stinging Fly and The London Magazine, read on BBC Radio, and performed on Sky Arts TV. ‘Hollow’ was shortlisted for Irish Short Story of the Year at the Irish Book Awards 2017. He is the co-founder of the London Short Story Festival and his writing has been translated into seven languages.
Brooks Hotel, 62 Drury St, Dublin 2. October 12th 7-9pm.
Paul will be teaching his ‘That Killer First Page’ class at the same venue the next day, Saturday 13th.
I’ll be visiting Australia soon teaching classes in Adelaide (more soon) and Melbourne where I’ll also be part of an Irish whiskey tasting night. You’ll learn all about Irish whiskies and it should be a lot of fun! Come along.
“Belfast-born, Paul is a world-renowned storyteller. His brilliant debut novel, The Good Son, won The Polari First Novel Prize, The McCrea Literary Award and is shortlisted for the Prix de Roman Cezam.
Paul has had works performed in London’s West End and on BBC radio. And is a founder of the London Short Story Festival.
Between Paul’s tales, Martin from Dublin’s Teeling Distillery will share colourful stories around the history and traditions of Irish whiskey, while you taste five award-winning Teeling whiskies.”
Great stories, great whiskey and tasty canapés.
Places strictly limited
Drop in or call 9077 7915.
Location: 217 High Street, Northcote, 3070 Victoria, Australia
Date: Thursday 16th November 6.30-8.30pm
My trip to Australia is made possible by the generous support of…
It’s been an amazing year so far. I’ve appeared on panels with two of my heroes – George Saunders on BBC Radio 3 and Anne Enright at Livre sur le quais – and now I’ll be in three events with Claire Keegan at Singapore Writers Festival. I can’t wait.
DATE / TIME: 3 Nov, Fri 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
The pipes are calling… Irish writers, performance poets and musicians will gather for a bewitching evening of sonorous voices and beautiful turns of phrase. Six Irish artists will be joined by two Singaporean writers as they celebrate the magic of Ireland. The evening will be graced by Irish Ambassador Geoffrey Keating.
Panel Discussion – with Cat Brogan and Claire Keegan.
DATE / TIME: 4 Nov, Sat 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
VENUE: National Gallery Singapore, Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium
The future will see Ireland geographically separated from the rest of the European Union by a post-Brexit Britain. Meanwhile, the refugee crisis and various causes of socio-political unrest continue to put pressure on an increasingly divided Europe. Where do the Irish see themselves in this volatile landscape? Two fiction writers and one performance poet discuss the impact of such upheavals on their writing, and how issues of migration, asylum and integration seep into their works.
DATE / TIME 5 Nov, Sun 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
VENUE: The Arts House, Blue Room
A young character survives a difficult childhood and attains actualisation. That is the story at the heart of acclaimed novels and novellas by authors Claire Keegan, Deirdre Sullivan and Paul McVeigh. The three Irish writers will talk about the formal elements of their works, from characterisation to the evocation of mood and setting.
I’ve always wanted to go to Bali and I’m excited to be travelling there this October for the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival.
My first event is a workshop: A Competitive Edge on October 26th.
“How do you get the attention of agents and editors? How is a story selected from hundreds of competition entries? Paul McVeigh has been on both sides – a writer who now judges international competitions. In this workshop, find out what judges and editors look for and how to avoid the rejection pile.”
My main event, Dazzling Debuts, in on my birthday – October 27th.
“You get one chance to make a first impression, and these authors did so with a splash! They take us on the journey from unpublished hopeful to bestseller lists, film deals and award ceremonies, and dare to take a look ahead at meeting the expectations that come with a dazzling debut.”
I’ll also sit on a panel on class The Last Taboo? on October 28th.
“Why is class such a taboo topic in the 21st century? It remains deeply embedded in most societies, yet many of us deny its existence with rhetoric around equal opportunity or meritocracy. Three writers who dare to speak its name take stock of how class plays out in their writing lives, both on and off the page.”
This trip is with the help of…