Sold Out – Nov 2, Singapore Writing Workshop



I’m very excited to be teaching this workshop, hosted by The Singapore Writers’ Group, just before my appearance at the Singapore Writers Festival.

At the moment 12 of the 25 spaces have already been filled before any promotion – so grab your tickets quick!

Here’s the blurb…

That Killer First Page

You’ll find out what competition judges and journal editors look for in a short story and how to avoid the rejection pile. In a form where every word counts, get tips on where to start your story and how to keep the reader glued to the page. You’ll also look at submission opportunities; how to find them and where you should be sending your stories.


How to get the attention of competition judges and editors
Writing fiction with emotional impact
Writing that killer first page
How to edit your story
Where to send your work

Paul McVeigh’s short fiction has appeared in journals, anthologies and on BBC Radio 3,4 & 5. Paul’s short story blog which shares writing opportunities and advice is about to reach 2 million visits. His debut novel has won 2 awards in the UK. He is the co-founder of London Short Story Festival, associate director at Word Factory the UK’s national organisation for excellence in the short story and he judges international short story competitions. Paul interviews short story writers like Cate Kennedy and George Saunders for The Irish Times and has represented the short story form for the British Council in Mexico and Turkey.

Reviews for Paul’s writing:

“A work of genius.” Pulitzer Prize-winning short story writer Robert Olen Butler.

“A wildly important new talent.” Laura van den Berg.

“One of Ireland’s most exciting and talented writers.” BBC Radio 4
PaulMcVeigh short story


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 Singapore Writers Festival

The Straight Times announces I’ll be attending the Singapore Writers Festival in November alongside Claire Keegan, Colin Barrett & 6 other Irish writers. Can’t wait!

The festival runs from Nov 3-12 with Ireland as this year’s focused country and ‘goodness’ is the theme. Pretty amazing as my novel is The Good Son’.

I’ll post more information when the programme is confirmed.

The Good Son 3rd Editon

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Winner of The Polari Prize

“Pungently funny and shot through with streaks of aching sadness.” Patrick Gale
“I devoured it in a day, but I’ve thought about it for many, many more.” Lisa McInerney
“A triumph of storytelling. An absolute gem.” Donal Ryan