AUDIO & VIDEO
Fighting Words: The Write to Right
Roddy recently gave the Fickling Annual Lecture at Newcastle University. Here’s the text of what he had to say and if you want to hear a recording go to the following link, for download or streaming.
CBC – Radio Canada. Writers & Company with host Eleanor Wachtel. ‘The Irish Panel’ – Roddy Doyle, Kevin Barry and Claire Keegan discuss the magic of the Irish short story. Sunday May 16, 2010 / Wednesday May 19, 2010.
Roddy Doyle at New York State Writers Institute, 2004
The Book Lounge. Roddy Doyle discusses The Deportees, 2008
PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature Roddy Doyle in Conversation with Colum McCann May 2, 2010 | French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), Florence Gould Hall | NYC
Jaipur Literature Festival 2010 – January 24 2010, Roddy Doyle in conversation with Jai Arjun Singh
Sky Arts – The Book Show, ‘You’ve managed to get up the noses of just about everybody!’; Mariella Frostrup grills controversial writer Roddy Doyle
REVIEWS & COMMENTS
THE SUNDAY TRIBUNE. ARTS. AUGUST 12 1990
Ciaran Carty interviews Roddy Doyle
As ‘The Commitments’ starts filming, Roddy Doyle turns his comic
candour on the hypocrisies of unmarried parenthood
Sunday Business Post. August 11 1991
Francine Cunningham finds little to like or laugh
at in Roddy Doyle’s swearing and sexist characters
Tasteless crudities deserve no laugh
(Review of The Van)
Irish Independent Weekender. May 7, 1994.
Justine McCarthy on the TV series that has set the whole nation talking
‘The State pledges itself to guard with special care the institution
of marriage, on which the Family is founded, and to protect it from attack…’
Pullquote: ‘What the Booker laureate has done, in cahoots with the BBC and RTE, is to strip naked the sainted heart of Ireland. Family, the final taboo, the axis upon which our society revolves, has been exposed with an honesty that is hard to stomach’
SUNDAY INDEPENDENT April 7 1996
By Dermot Bolger
The dark journey of Paula Spencer
(Review of The Woman Who Walked Into Doors)
New York Times, April 28, 1996
Mary Gordon reviews The Woman Who Walked Into Doors.
The Celtic twilight casts a long shadow, and it is longest outside the land of Ireland. Perhaps the country’s most thriving industry is tourism: foreigners, mainly Americans, traveling to their fantasy of a country located somewhere outside of time, an Isle of Saints and Scholars, of leprechauns, of Yeats and Joyce and Synge. A land of myth. O’Casey’s working-class heroine was called Juno, and she had her paycock: myth, if of a different, Roman flavor, was invoked even as the stern strokes of realism were inexorably applied.
Perhaps no one has done so much to create a new set of images for the Ireland of the late 20th century as Roddy Doyle…
Salon interview. October 28, 1999
By Charles Taylor
The author talks about Ireland, violence and the true nature of family.
The Observer. April 15 2001
Nicci Gerrard interview.
What keeps Roddy rooted
Roddy Doyle always looks forward to a spell in prison – well visiting anyway. And with a new film comedy in progress, it’s one way of keeping in touch with the often less than charmed lives of working-class Dubliners
The Guardian. September 6 2004
Emma Brockes interview.
‘Sexy Dublin? It’s a con’
He’s just written a third book for infants but Roddy Doyle is better known for the novels and films that depict a violent, impoverished Ireland. So what does he really think about his homeland?
The Irish Times. April 24, 2010
In conversation with Kevin Barry at Cuirt Festival in Galway.
Roddy Doyle has nine novels under his belt; Kevin Barry has a debut novel on the way. Brought together over a pot of coffee, they discuss writing, reviews and great music. ARMINTA WALLACE listens in