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Interview with The Irish Examiner

I really enjoyed being interviewed by Marjorie Brennan for the Irish Examiner talking about Whatever it Takes, winning the Cork One City One Book award and all things writing. We talked about my first book, The First Sunday in September and sports fiction, too.

Whatever It Takes listed as one of the books of the summer

In her list of books to read during the summer of 2020, Marjorie Brennan includes Whatever It Takes among some heavyweights like Anne Tyler, David Mitchell, Robert Harris and others. The best fiction books for the beach and beyond this summer.  

Piece in The Irish Times

I was delighted to have a piece published in the Irish Times. In this article I have more questions than answers about bringing out a book in a time of crisis. My Covid-19 anxieties come to the fore. Written in the style of Donald Barthelme’s Concerning the Bodyguard.

I’m now working on the Autobiography of Denis Coughlan

I’m delighted to announce I’m working with the legendary Cork dual-star Denis Coughlan on his biography, to be published by Hero Books later in 2020 as part of the Legends Series. Denis contested no less than 81 county, provincial and All-Ireland finals at all grades during his fantastic career.

Cork’s Holly Bough, 2019

My essay ‘Five Moments in Sport’ was published in the 2019 issue of The Holly Bough. This sports essay is mostly about my father and why I write. The Holly Bough is Cork’s foremost Christmas publication, since 1897, with over 250,000 readers worldwide. Click here to subscribe.

Cork International Short Story Festival

I was delighted to have a chat with Cónal Creedon & Lisa McInerney as part of the Cork International Short Story Festival in September 2019. Cónal Creedon is a short story writer, novelist, playwright, and documentary filmmaker. His books include the short story collection Pancho and Lefty Ride Out (Collins Press, 1999) and the novel Begotten Not Made (Irishtown Press, 2018). His short stories have achieved recognition in the Francis MacManus Awards, Life Extra Awards, George A. Birmingham Awards and PJ O’Connor Awards. “Creedon’s words are enough to create a world that is at once comic and dramatic, poetic and musical.” – Rachel Saltz, The New York Times Lisa McInerney’s story Navigation was longlisted for the 2017 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. Her debut novel, The Glorious Heresies, won the 2016 Women’s Prize for Fiction and the 2016 Desmond Elliott Prize. Her second, The Blood Miracles, won the 2018

West Cork Literary Festival

I was very excited to have read at the 2019 West Cork Literary Festival with Mary White. and to have moderating an event with Eibhear Walshe. Some photos here, click to enlarge:  

Reading on the Crosstown Drift Walking Tour

I was delighted to have read on the Crosstown Drift Walking Tour as part of The Cork Midsummer Festival, 2019. The event took place at the lovely Nano Nagle Centre. Here’s the line up, in some head company! 10.30am: Wendy Erskine & Nicole Flattery at Bobos Cafe at the Glucksman Gallery, Western Road 11.30am: Danielle McLaughlin & Sean Tanner at NeighbourFood, the Apple Market, 13 Barrack street 12.30pm: Launch of The Stinging Fly, Summer 2019 issue at The Nano Nagle Centre, Douglas Street – introduced by editors Danny Denton and Cal Doyle – with readings by contributors Dean Browne, Tadhg Coakley, Ellen Dillon, Fergal Gaynor and Louise Hegarty. I’m reading from my essay: “Five Moments in Sport” published by The Stinging Fly, Summer 2019 Issue. Available for purchase here.