Barry, Kevin

Kevin Barry
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Kevin Barry was born in Limerick in 1969.

His story collections are There Are Little Kingdoms (Dublin, Stinging Fly Press, 2007), which featured as a book of the year in both The Sunday Tribune and The Irish Times and was awarded the 2007 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature; and Dark Lies the Island (London, Jonathan Cape, 2012).

His novels are City of Bohane (Jonathan Cape, 2011); and Beatlebone (Canongate Books, 2015) for which he was awarded the Goldsmith Prize for innovative fiction.

He lives in Sligo.

Kevin Barry at The Stinging Fly
Kevin Barry at Aitken Alexander
Kevin Barry at The National Library of Ireland

3 thoughts on “Barry, Kevin

  1. As a writer myself, I read not just for content but for literary craft. Only occasionally do I make it through to the end of a New Yorker short story, but I was f—ing riveted by your “Ox Mountain Death Son.” Dense conciseness is a virtue too seldom achieved, but, man, you nailed it. I am particularly taken by the way you combine two different things in a sentence, not just connecting them but also collapsing the time/space/identity between them in such a way as to imply what was left unsaid. The result is that your prose is resonant of actual experience in the way that the brain makes us aware of many things not articulated or acted upon. So, thanks for a great literary ride.

  2. Sorry, one letter in the title of your story got lost in my previous comment. It should be “OxMountain Death Song,” The New Yorker, Oct 29/Nov 5 issue.

  3. Hi Kevin, loved the City of Bohane. Was reading it on holidays in France this summer. Blew me away. Have you been to Marseilles? The second largest city in France with a long history of organised crime. The Canebiere is the main avenue running through the centre of this vibrant city, it runs right down to the Old Port, but immediately off of it you can find a warren of narrow streets, reeking of urine in the hot sun, teeming with locals, Corsicans, North Africans, fruit and vegetable stands, grocer shops, bars, cafes, people cooking on coals right in the street, shouting, arguing, greeting, handshaking, kissing, back-slapping…… this is Bohane on the Med?

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