Working With Your Heroes

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.

Lyrical Éire: An Irish Night Of Words And Music

DATE / TIME: 3 Nov, Fri 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM

VENUE: The Arts House, Chamber
With Cat Brogan, Deborah Emmanuel, Abby Oliveira, Deirdre Sullivan, & Julian Gough and Claire Keegan.

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.

Between Brexit and the Deep Blue Sea: Being Irish in a Divided Europe 

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.

Grace In Gravity: The Craft of Characterisation and Setting

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.


Me and Claire Keegan

I interviewed Claire Keegan at Belfast Book Festival, Cork Short Story Festival and London Short Story Festival . This will be the first time I’ll be joining her as an author.


Appearing at Ubud Festival in Bali


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…Print



Reading at Ireland’s Biggest Community Festival

I’ll be reading and talking with Marnie Kennedy at The Duncairn Centre for Culture & Arts in Belfast on August 11. It’s part of Féile an Phobail Ireland’s biggest community festival. I’ll be joined by writer Victoria McNulty and one other writer tbc.

The event is called Scribes at the Duncairn and you can check out the full festival programme here.

I hope to see some of you there.



Venue:  The Duncairn Centre for Culture & Arts, Duncairn Avenue, Belfast BT14 6BP
Time: 6.30pm
Tickets: £6

Belfast Book Festival: Interviews, Workshops & Reading

I’m at the Belfast Book Festival this year, starting with the first event of the fest… I hope to see some of you there.

Wed 7 June 12.45: Interviewing Cairan McMenamin about his debut ‘Skintown’

Sat 10 June 10am-1pm: Workshop – Turning a Short Story into a Novel

Wed 14 June 12.45: Interviewing Ethel Rohan about her debut novel ‘The Weight of Him’

Fri 16 June 8pm: Reading at Polari Literary Salon at Sunflower Pub

Sat 17 June 2-5pm: Workshop – Everything a Debut Novelist Needs to Know

Cork World Book Festival


Vive La France! 3 dates in May

On Monday 15th May I fly to Paris and then to Nantes and Quimper over the next few days. I’ll be discussing The Good Son and meeting French readers. The trip is in celebration of Un bon garcon (the French translation) being shortlisted for the Prix du Roman Cezam. Here’s where I’ll be… I hope some of you can make it

Tuesday the 16th : NANTES : meeting in the library “La Manufacture” at 18.30

Wednesday the 17th : QUIMPER : meeting in the library “des Ursulines” at 18.30

Thursday the 18th : PARIS : meeting with the employees of the bank Crédit Agricole at 17.30


“Paul McVeigh has written a first novel of beautiful generosity, poignant in the delicate manner in which he evokes the brutality of an era. A striking fresco, mixing historical upheavals and hardships of a family shattered.” Le Monde

Glorious Debuts with Lisa McInerney

I can’t wait to read with Lisa McInerney again at Kildare Readers Festival, Riverbank Arts Centre, October 14 at 8pm. We met last year at Cork World Book Festival and got on like a house on fire. She is so funny and an all-round lovely person.

me and Quack

Lisa McInerney and me


We met again when Lisa read at a fundraiser I organised in Jan 2016 for KAVA Arts in Kinvara.


Nuala O’Connor, Sarah Clancy, Lisa McInerney and me

Since then Lisa has had enormous success winning the Desmond Elliott Prize and the Bailey’s Prize.

We love each other’s work and Lisa wrote an amazing essay on The Good Son for The Irish Times when it was the Book Club Choice for July this year. We’re also good buddies and the craic we have should lead to an excellent event at Kildare Readers Festival.

Hope to see some of you there.




Novel vs Short Story: me, Simon van Booy & Fiona McFarlane

Honoured to be sharing the stage with Fiona McFarlane and Simon van Booy in my favourite venue in the world! Hope some of you can some. Here’s the skinny…

Tonight three authors will debate the pleasures and pitfalls of the two forms as readers and writers of both. Award-winning Simon van Booy joins us from the USA and Fiona McFarlane visits us from Australia, making her first UK appearance. Paul McVeigh, author and co-founder of London Short Story Festival completes the panel with literary agent Carrie Kania chairing. Lively readings, engaging conversations and signings with a glass of wine.

Simon Van Booy is the author of three collections of short stories and three novels, with his most recent novel ‘Father’s Day’, just published in the UK by One World. In 2010, he won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award for his collection Love Begins in Winter. His fiction has been translated into seventeen languages.

Fiona McFarlane’s novel, The Night Guest, will be published in 19 countries and 15 languages, and won a NSW Premier’s Prize and Fiona was named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist for 2014. Fiona’s short stories have been published in the New Yorker her debut collection ‘The High Places’ is out now.

Paul McVeigh’s debut novel ‘The Good Son’ was chosen as Brighton’s City Reads 2016 and has been shortlisted for numerous awards. His short stories have been published in journals and anthologies and read on BBC Radio 4 and 5. Paul is also the co-founder of the London Short Story Festival and associate director of Word Factory the UK’s premier short story salon.

£5 tickets are available in store, by telephone 020 7851 2400 or by

City Reads Brighton Festival Event On Sale Now.

So exciting to see be in The Brighton Festival brochure. 

Brighton Fetsival Broushure

The culmination of this year’s Brighton City Reads events celebrating my novel The Good Son will take place during The Brighton Festival as it in turn celebrates its 50th anniversary. Here’s the copy – to book click here.

“City Reads is Brighton & Hove’s annual ‘big read’ for adults. This year, people across the city have been reading, sharing and discussing Paul McVeigh’s astonishing debut,The Good Son. Set during the Troubles in 1980s Belfast, it’s an astute, assured and achingly funny novel about the complex nature of innocence and guilt. Paul McVeigh has written plays, comedy and short stories – he is also co-founder of London Short Story Festival. Join him in as he discusses his inspiration for the novel in this final event marking the culmination of City Reads 2016.”

I’ll be reading from The Good Son and will be interviewed by novelist and columnist Laura Lockington.

The Good Son Chosen for Brighton’s City Reads

A few years ago I moved to Brighton. To get to know the city and throw myself back into writing I volunteered for a project called City Reads. The city-wide celebration of My Policeman by Bethan Roberts was so much fun. I gave out fliers, asked shops to put up posters, collected tickets on city walks and even acted in a play!


All those events were related to the book and I was struck by the inventiveness of City Reads and what an amazing job they did bringing the book to life.

Who would have thought that 4 years later it would be my book that would be chosen? You couldn’t write it. I’m overwhelmed. You can see the programme of events here. I can’t wait to get stuck in. There’s whiskey tasting, movie screenings, a quiz – and readings from me. That it will part of The Brighton Festival’s 50th anniversary is amazing.

Have a great day! I know I will.

City Reads