Reviews and Interviews

Q&A on The Reading Life

Nuala is featured today in a Q&A session with Mel Ulm on The Reading Life blog today. Yesterday he took a look at her short story collection To The World of Men, Welcome (Arlen House)

Review in the Irish Independent of You

by Yvonne Hogan

...timeless, placeless and universal... a must read.

See a copy of the review here.

Review of You in the Irish Times

by Arminta Wallace

The novel flows beautifully and is understated in tone...This gem is sure to win her further acclaim. Nuala N Chonchir is a writer to watch.

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Review of You on Melusine Blog

by Rachel J. Fenton

... N Chonchir's skill is her ability to subvert and to break down labels, racism and sexism included, into their core traits and to show they are seamless, as an estuary. ...

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Review of You at Pank

by Ethel Rohan

...this novel uses plain prose, vivid detail, fresh images, and the delightful Dublin vernacular. You is a compelling story that brings to life complex characters and delivers hard-hitting truths.

Read the entire review here.

Review of You in the Irish Examiner

by Sue Leonard

The novel flows beautifully and is understated in tone...This gem is sure to win her further acclaim. Nuala N Chonchir is a writer to watch.'

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Review of Nude in Verbal 28

Naked and Nude
Odd dignity and absolute conviction, says Sean McMahon

The two words have subtle semantic differences; nude, for example, can be a noun. Several of these 19 stories are literally about nudes as paintings: expatiations on Franois Bouchers naughty LOdalisque, showing the deliberately provocative pose of his wife, copied by the Kings mistress, Louisa OMurphy, herself from Cork, in herpicture, the themes of Madonna Irlanda and Madamoiselle OMurphy, Le Djeunersur lHerbe by douard Manet, with one only nude woman in clothed company in Ekphrasis and others...'

Read more in Verbal 28.

Review of Nude in the Irish Times

Body and soul laid bare
by Katie Donovan in the Irish Times (10/10/2009)

EROTIC, YES, BUT also deceptive, funny, anticlimactic. Nuala N Chonchirs new collection of stories revolves around the theme of the unclothed body. Here is the nude not only as depicted in art but also in other contexts where there is an observer prepared to frame a subject with love, obsession or delusion...'

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nude not naked virtual tour

Nuala's virtual tour for nude saw her interviewed at ten literary blogs. To follow the tour click on the links below.
1st September 2009 on Snow Like Thought
8th September 2009 on TaniaWrites
15th September 2009 on Uiscebots Blog
22nd September 2009 on A Salted
29th September 2009 on Barbaras bleeuugh!
6th October 2009 on PetinaGappah
13th October 2009 on She Is Too Fond Of Books
20th October 2009 on Irish Nomad in Norway
27th October 2009 on Vanessa Gebbies news
3rd November 2009 on Mercs World - writing and ruminations

interview on Arena on RTE

Interview on Arena

Nuala was interviewed by Sean Rocks on RTE radio one's Arena show on 16th September.

Listen to it here.

Interview on Nik's Blog August 2009

Who is it for? Do you have an audience or reader in mind?

I never have an audience in mind, no 'ideal reader' but I hope readers of contemporary literary fiction will like it. Also art lovers and artists. If all the people who loved Tracy Chevalier's Girl with a Pearl Earring bought and read it that would be cool too. I just know theyd enjoy it!!...

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Review on She Is Too Fond of Books, May 200

She Is Too Fond of Books

'One of the greatest delights of this collection are the many voices the author channels. One such striking perspective is in I, Caroline. This is the story of Caroline Crachami (nee Fogle), a young woman not two-feet tall. Carolines parents sold her for twenty pounds to a 'doctor' who exhibited her until the time of her death...

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Connacht Tribune - 10/04/2009 - In Profile

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Review of Marks in The Dubliner

Art in Action

This is the last such publication for a while as editor Declan Meade informed us mournfully at the launch. The Arts Council funding without which this handsome but entirely non-commercial collaboration between literary magazine the Stinging Fly and art magazine Circa could not have happened was cut to ribbons in Budget 2009. Unlike OAPs, artists dont have the ear or the sympathy of the Irish people...

Read it all at The Dubliner

Interview on Pulp.Net

My Literary Top 10

1 Best short story Ive ever read:
VERY hard to pick one, but Ill go for Ida Y Vuelta in Manuel Muozs new collection The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue. A tender, heart-aching story of gay love and (minor) betrayal in a small, Mexican-American neighbourhood in California. Masterful!...

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Interview and review on Faoiseamh, June 2008

You describe the Irish and English forms of the poems published in both languages as versions. Is there any one of the poems which you feel that both versions are equally strong or even better in the target language?

I think some worked better in their TL versions than others. Im fond of Tat, the title poem, in both languages. And I like the way the last two lines of Ӓ, have an internal rhyme and assonance that the English version only has in the last two words. That sort of happy accident is pleasing. I think parts of some poems sound better in Irish, purely for the beauty of the language...

Go to Faoiseamh Questions and Answers for the full interview.
Alse see Faoiseamh Review for a review of Tattoo | Tat

Interview on The Short Review, March 2008

How long did it take you to write all the stories in your collections?

Nuala N Chonchir: First one, The Wind Across the Grass: This was six years work; I wasnt working towards collecting them. Arlen House had published my first poetry collection in an anthology, Divas, with two collections from established writers; I was the newbie. They then asked to see my stories and decided to do a book of them. Second one, To The World of Men, Welcome: 18 months...

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Interview on Authortrek, December 2007

Where were you born and raised?

County Dublin, Ireland. In a cold, old Georgian house, in a family of nine. I had a very happy childhood, spent as a tomboy and hungry reader.

What was it that first got you into writing and when did you start writing?

My writing is an extension of my reading, as it is for many writers. I've been writing poetry since I was a child. I have always written things but didn't know what to do with them. In 1998 I did a fiction writing workshop with the brilliant young writer Mike McCormack. It opened my eyes to the possibilities. I got serious about fiction and poetry after that...

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