Writer's stock: Joseph O'Connor on literature and the Leaving Cert

Joseph O’Connor’s latest novel Shadowplay tells the story of a young Bram Stoker and examines the difficulties of the writing life. But for O’Connor, writing for a living is a dream come true

18th August, 2019
Joseph O’Connor: ‘You’ve got to get the music of the book consistent with the world of the book’ Pic: Bryan Meade

‘I thought it was a bit gothic.” Gesturing to the grand residence in which we find ourselves, Joseph O’Connor grins at his choice of location for this interview with The Sunday Business Post. We’re seated in the foyer of Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel in Dalkey, a residence replete with gilt-edged mirrors, high ceilings, chandeliers and a sense of the dramatic. “There’s a bar here called The Dungeon,” O’Connor says. “If it were in New York, it’d...

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