Lyra McKee piece for The 32: Anthology of Irish Working Class Voices
Two bits of exciting news – ‘The 32: An Anthology of Irish Working Class Voices’, which I’m editing, has received a huge donation of £3,000 from the wonderful people behind The Spaniard Belfast, Muriel’s Kitchen, Panama Belfast and new owners of The Chester Bar.
I have also secured a piece of writing by Lyra McKee who had agreed to be in the anthology before her tragic death. You can read all about it in the Belfast Telegraph article by Claire McNeilly.
“I met Lyra through Anna Burns, the Booker Prize winner, and the three of us had lunch together – three working class Ardoyne authors from three different generations,” he said.
“She told me her book was coming out and I spoke to her about being part of the anthology – that was before her book deal – and then, heartbreakingly, the tragedy happened.
“I recently talked to her publishers, who are bringing out a new book from her next month, and after I explained the back story, they are now giving me an unpublished piece of her writing to include, which is really amazing.”
Please pledge here to help make this book happen: unbound.com/books/32/.
An interview with me appeared in the German broadsheet Die Welt at the weekend.
It follows on some of the points raised in my essay for International Literature Showcase ‘Crossing Borders’ which was later picked up by The Belfast Telegraph.
The interview is in German, of course, so I have only google translate to help me read it. I hope I come across ok.
The German translation of The Good Son is ‘Guter Junge’ and if you happen to speak German you might enjoy these short extracts read by a wonderful German actor Denis Abrahams – Part 1 & Part 2.
“Told vividly and with grim humour… McVeigh’s lush and, against all probability colourful novel from a black and white world bears the utopia that even in dark times, the hope can not be defeated.” Die Welt
My essay, commissioned by the Writers Centre Norwich for the International Literary Showcase ‘Crossing Borders’ was picked up by The Belfast Telegraph, Northern Ireland’s most popular newspaper. I thought it was just online but was shocked and honoured to see they had included the whole thing over two pages in their print issue.
There has been a terrific response in the North and the South of Ireland and also in the rest of the UK.
I hope you can read it. Let me know what you think.
The Belfast Telegraph article and The Irish Times news report on The Good Son being chosen for the Brighton’s City Reads 2016.
A profile about me in The Belfast Telegraph. From my home town, it’s also Northern Ireland’s best-selling newspaper and I’m profiled here by local legend Ivan Little. A few errors in there – I went to the University of Ulster at Coleraine for example… I can’t blame Ivan as we talked for hours and I was caffeine fuelled.
I hope you like it.