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Scottish author and rap artist Darren McGarvey has just picked up the Orwell Prize for a raw memoir of his alcohol-fuelled twenties

Nadine O’Regan

Arts Editor and Columnist

11th November, 2018
Darren McGarvey: ‘You get to a point where your life is so chaotic that you’re desperate to do whatever it takes’ Pic: Steven Reynolds

Darren McGarvey was in Dublin once, but he doesn’t remember it.

Or, to be exact, McGarvey, 34, recalls being woken up in the bar of a hotel in Dublin – and that’s about the sum of it. That hazy experience was characteristic of much of McGarvey’s alcohol-fuelled mid-twenties. As he says himself, one of the great things about coming to Ireland next week to speak on Friday as part of the Festival of...

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