Kevin Barry Quotes

  • I like to be happy when I'm writing. If not, then how will the reader manage?
  • I go into my workroom seven mornings a week. There will only be one or two mornings a week where it seems to be going well, but to earn those days you have to go through slow, slodgy days where your mind feels like porridge.
  • Frazzled and delirious, as I've just finished a new book of stories. I feel like Moses staggering down the mountainside with the tablets of stone.
  • The fundamental human truth underpinning 'Ox Mountain Death Song' is that men so very often turn into their fathers. The way that everything gets passed down.
  • I have been as influenced by music and films as by books.
  • I was freelancing for years in Cork and around. I also wrote freelance pieces for 'The Irish Times.'
  • In my very early days as a journalist, as a cub reporter on a local newspaper, I used to cover the district courthouse in Limerick city - all human life passed through that establishment, and my time there remains a source of inspiration.
  • It was quite risky to open the book with one of my quieter stories; I'm kind of trying, I think, to lure readers into a false sense of security and then assault them with a couple really loud, really strange stories.
  • When you wake up, instead of checking emails on your phone, or counting your retweets, pick up a pen and scratch a few sentences into a notebook.
  • Don DeLillo's 'White Noise,' which I read when I was 19. It showed me that a book can be funny as hell and deadly serious.
  • 'City of Bohane' has been optioned for film, and I've finished a first draft of the script.
  • I think journalism is useful training for a writer in the way it takes the preciousness out of the pragmatic side of the craft.
  • I go to Spain a lot, in winter, for a blast of sunlight to banish the blues brought on by the Irish greys and drizzle. I love the cities of the Spanish interior.
  • I don't quite operate within the realist mode. I kind of push the stories out towards the cusp of believability - that's the area of interest for me.
  • Very first thing in the morning, I spew some rough genius directly on to the laptop. Then I have coffee and rewrite for three hours.