Stephen Walsh interview: ‘Writing is definitely the hardest thing I’ve ever done’

Author Stephen Walsh’s primary preoccupations in his fiction are the endless frustrations of contemporary existence – and how ordinary people chafe against them

Stephen Walsh: ‘When stories work for me, it’s when the content and the form align’. Picture: Bryan Meade

The first thing I do when Stephen Walsh appears on my screen is apologise. It would have been better to meet in person, but it’s been one of those weeks, to put it mildly. And yet, in some ways, meeting across the screen like this feels apt.

We’re like the characters in Walsh’s debut short story collection, Shine/Variance: efficiently connected, yet stranded across this uncanny mode of communication. And the chaos feels apt too. Life ...