I had a real aural treat as I drove home from Belfast and started cooking the lunch today. Local author David Park was William Crawley’s guest in this afternoon’s episode of Writers at Work on Radio Ulster.
One of the best books I’ve read in the last couple of years was Park’s latest, The Truth Commissioner. He sent me a copy out of the blue, and I read it and ended up reviewing it on the blog too.
At a time when Northern Ireland politics are once again proving stranger than fiction, it reminded me that over the years authors like Park have been able to stretch our imaginations and help us envision some of the possibilities of what could lie ahead for this island.
You can catch the interview on iPlayer for the next seven days, and it’s repeated on Radio Ulster at 7.30pm on Thursday 14 January.
You’ll hear a real gentleman (if there was an authors’ trade union in Northern Ireland, they’d vote David in asleader!) speak about how he balances teaching and writing, as well as his analysis of why he writes and why he’ll not be creating any more books solely focussed on Northern Ireland. Getting out of “Troubles fiction”!