Books

New book forthcoming from Picador

I'm delighted and honoured to say that I have some news: my debut book will be published in early 2019 by Picador Books (the literary fiction imprint of Pan MacMillan). Some info, including a link to more details.  Picador will be publishing an essay collection by...

Review: The White Book by Han Kang

"Now I will give you white things, What is white, though may yet be sullied; Only white things will I give.” These lines, one of the rare eruptions of poetry in Han Kang’s studied and astonishing novel, set out the author’s intentions: she wishes to speak to us of a...

Music

Review: The Sick Bag Song by Nick Cave

The Sick Bag Song by Nick Cave (Canongate) 25 years ago, German filmmaker Uli M. Schüppel made The Road to God Knows Where, a documentary that followed Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds on a US tour. Shot in grainy black-and-white, this was not the hell-raising shenanigans...

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 last...

Film

Second among equals: female journalists in film

The lazy Hollywood cliche that is the female journalist has been a staple of cinema for many decades, and is back again in the form of a simpering Maggie Gyllenhaal in Crazy Heart. SINEAD GLEESON reports... Scott Cooper’s latest film Crazy Heart is big on the kind of...

Theatre

Theatre Review: A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing

For anyone who’s read Eimear McBride’s uncompromising and brilliant debut novel A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing - where language is ne plus ultra – a stage adaptation seems like an obvious reimagining. On the page, Girl’s narrative is a harrowing monologue tracing her...

Television

Interview: Jimmy McGovern

On the day I’m supposed to interview Jimmy McGovern, he has to postpone. The writer is attending a funeral for a man who lost a child in the Hillsborough disaster. Despite his long years in television making acclaimed dramas like Cracker, The Lakes and Dockers, the...

Radio

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Theatre Review: A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing

For anyone who’s read Eimear McBride’s uncompromising and brilliant debut novel A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing - where language is ne plus ultra – a stage adaptation seems like an obvious reimagining. On the page, Girl’s narrative is a harrowing monologue tracing her...

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