The Hennessy Literary Awards shortlist for 2018 has been announced. I’m humbled and grateful to be included in the list. I have been shortlisted for my short story, “The Light on the Water”, published last summer in the Irish Times.Read more "Hennessy Literary Awards Shortlist"
If you’ve never been in a room full of adults playing Pass the Parcel with an invisible ball of energy, then you don’t know what you’re missing.Read more "Fluffing Apologies …"
My friend Clare has written a book all about Switzerland. You can read about it hereRead more "The Naked Swiss: A Nation Behind 10 Myths"
I spent a wonderful weekend of songs, stories and laughter in Kells at the Hay Festival Kells. The heritage town was filled with writers, musicians and artists, including Hanif Kureishi. We strolled around town together, discussing the Book of Kells, medieval round towers, Brehon laws, and Cromwell. I don’t have many claims to fame, but I can […]Read more "making hay in kells all weekend"
At the International Literature Festival Dublin last week, Lucy Caldwell and Anakana Schofield read from and discussed their work. Click on the link to read my report. Source: Niall McArdle on Anakana Schofield and Lucy Caldwell You can listen to my brief interview with Anakana Schofield following the event:Read more "Niall McArdle on Anakana Schofield and Lucy Caldwell"
Rachel Cusk’s Outline is a novel in ten conversationsRead more "The Restorative Power of Love"
Okay, now this could be good. Not because of James Franco, who often chooses lazy projects and sleepwalks through a lot of roles, but who can be impressive when he wants to be. Not because of Calvary‘s Marie-Josée Croze. Not because of Rachel McAdams, who along with Colin Farrell managed to avoid the critical panning […]Read more "Everything Will Be Fine Because Wim Wenders Is Behind The Camera"
I’m very pleased to announce that I had a short story published in The Irish Times on Saturday, as this month’s winner of the Hennessy Short Story of the Month. Which is very nice. You can read the story here, if you want.Read more "19 Ways to Say “I Love You”"
For all you number one fans of my work …Read more "Misery – A Meathead March Film Review"
I honestly did not think I would end up writing about topics.as diverse as the thematic importance of smoking in movies, Miley Cyrus swinging on a sledgehammer, why walking is good for your brain, and that there’s a fossil named after Mick Jagger.Read more "Share What You Know"