The series Ireland's Generation X? continues, with this month's conversation one between Professor Barry McCrea, Keough Family Chair of Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame, and the writer Paul Murray.
Paul Murray was born in Dublin in 1975. He was educated at Trinity College Dublin and took a master's degree in creative writing at the University of East Anglia. A former bookseller, Murray lives in Dublin. His first novel, An Evening of Long Goodbyes, was shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize, and nominated for The Kerry Irish Fiction Award. Paul's second novel is Skippy Dies, which was longlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize as well as shortlisted for the Costa Novel Prize and the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize. It was also shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Book Award. His debut feature film Metal Heart was released in Ireland last year, and he currently has two projects in development with BBC Comedy.
Ireland's Generation X? is presented jointly by the Keough Naughton Institute of Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame and the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI). The first author in the joint series was Belinda McKeon (Solace, Tender), featured in the December 2020 installment.
Originally published at irishstudies.nd.edu.