Motley Tries to Write a Novel

Look, we’ve all thought about it, and it can’t be that difficult, surely – there are only 26 letters in the English alphabet, so unless you want to get fancy with your punctuation, that’s very manageable. Surely. In my lifetime, I’ve made a start on over twenty novels. The only one I ever finished is better described as a novella, and it was about the … Continue reading Motley Tries to Write a Novel

Rituals: An Interview with Rob Doyle

Laura Hussey discusses the change of momentum in the Irish literary scene with Dublin based author, Rob Doyle. Rob Doyle has just released his second book This is the Ritual, the first of his published by Bloomsbury. I let him know that This is the Ritual is placed on the shelf in Waterstones Cork next to Edna O’Brien’s latest novel The Little Red Chairs. He … Continue reading Rituals: An Interview with Rob Doyle

Blood on the Page: An Interview with Eimear McBride

Just days after submitting the final draft of her second novel to the publishers, Eimear McBride spoke to Laura Hussey about the success of her debut novel, her unique writing style and why the second book has blood on the pages. Although it took the better part of a decade to get her first novel, A Girl is a Half-formed Thing published, Eimear McBride never … Continue reading Blood on the Page: An Interview with Eimear McBride

Clear-eyed and Cooked Up: An Interview with Belinda McKeon

Jane Farrell meets with ‘Tender’ author Belinda McKeon. Belinda McKeon, journalist, Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Rutgers University, and twice published novelist, has recently edited a short story collection titled A Kind of Compass: Stories on Distance. This latest publication features stories by Kevin Barry and Sara Baume and contributes to Ireland’s ever-increasing claim to a land most fit for the short story form. … Continue reading Clear-eyed and Cooked Up: An Interview with Belinda McKeon