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June 15, 2016

I am so, so enormously proud that The Glorious Heresies won the 2016 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. I am also bloody stunned. I have been having many thoughts about what it means to me to have won such a prestigious prize for my debut novel, but alas, I've told all...

June 6, 2016

I'm terribly pleased to have a new story, Navigation, on Granta.com. You can read it here, if you're so inclined.

 

This one came to me really quickly - the thing was written in two days - and I'm happy with it, which is a weird feeling for me. I don't know what I tapped...

May 29, 2016

Here's the transcript of an essay I wrote for RTE Radio 1's arts show, Arena, on being shortlisted for the 2016 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. This was broadcast back in April - you can listen to my dulcet tones read it here - so admittedly I could have uploaded th...

April 9, 2016

It has been a fine cut of a year.

 

One hardback, one paperback, a wee clutch of short stories, an essay or two, an Irish Times Book Club, a generous scattering of lovely literary festivals, one blinding anthology, longlists and shortlists, a bunch of clever questions, a...

September 29, 2015

Look! Look at this beautiful thing!

 

 

OK, so it could be said that I think it's beautiful because I am in it (which . . . uh, sounds vaguely masculine) but that is not the case. I mean look at it. LOOK AT IT.


One is not meant to admit to such things, but I greatly enjoy...

May 5, 2015

Hello buddies! It’s been rather a wonky and wonderful few weeks, doing all sorts of book-related waffling, going here and there and eventually back again, and reading the very kind reviews of various people WHO AREN’T EVEN RELATED TO ME. I think I’ve got a couple of we...

April 10, 2015

A very, very short update as I'm still recalibrating from the Heresies launch (read: two-day hangover). You might not have seen this piece I wrote for the John Murray blog, all about à la carte Catholicism and the Irish psyche. You've seen it now, right? Go on. Have a...

April 4, 2015

I don't have much time for writing blog posts these days, as I'm busy doing all sorts of book malarkey (also, playing Skyrim again). But I like this picture, so up it goes.

 

In hardback! Himself - the man to whom this novel is dedicated - is a great lover of hardbacks,...

February 18, 2015

 

We share an irreverent sense of humour, a spirited mouthiness, and an unfortunate fondness for sweet-shop rubbish, but my best friend and I are two very different people. I'm prone to ranting, tend to be overly sentimental about lyrics, and am worryingly susceptible t...

February 4, 2015

 

Hi there, people with novels in them! That’s not a very healthy way to live, going about the gaff with novels stuck in you. Having a novel in you can lead to choking, stomach ulcers, weird bulges where there shouldn’t be bulges and seriously inappropriate manifesto-tr...

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