Interview: Kim Gordon

Interview: Kim Gordon

  Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon (Faber & Faber) One of the most surprising things about Kim Gordon, when she picks up the phone on the US West Coast, is how quiet she sounds. As the bass player in of the most musically interesting and decibel-bending bands of the...
Interview: Sara Baume

Interview: Sara Baume

The winner of the 2014 Davy Byrnes Short Story Award gave herself two years to write her debut novel, Spill Simmer Falter Wither. But she tells SINEAD GLEESON that she remains torn between fiction and visual art. “To some people it might look like I’ve just popped up...
On the seasonal appeal of the Ghost Story…

On the seasonal appeal of the Ghost Story…

If 100 people were surveyed Family Fortunes style about the best time of year to read ghost stories, the “top answer” stampede would be for October 31st. Me? I’d be trailing behind (with that trademark incorrect “X” on the screen) for suggesting Christmas,...
Review: Academy Street by Mary Costello

Review: Academy Street by Mary Costello

Academy Street by Mary Costello (Canongate) When Mary Costello’s collection The China Factory was published in 2012 by The Stinging Fly, it was clear that here was a writer of huge ability. Nominated for the Guardian First Book Award, her short stories braided the...

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