Submitted by Leah on Wed, 2015-09-09 18:21
What has it been like to be long listed?
Much more fun the second time around.
What are you working on next?
Prizes are all about what you wrote in the past and they interfere with your sense of the future. It is hard to write a poem while waiting for a bus.
What are you reading at the moment?
Anne Carson, Alison Bechdel. I am rereading The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony by Roberto Calasso and squinting, from a careful distance, at The Red Book by C.J. Jung.
What is your favourite Man Booker-winning novel?
Both Troubles and The Siege of Krisnapur by J.G. Farrell - hard to choose between them.
Why does the Irish diaspora exert such a pull on you and other Irish novelists?
I was interested in leaving, not a country, but a woman. That’s what we all do, Irish or not - we leave our mothers, and fail to leave. We come back to visit and say “Who are you?”