Aoibhinn and Company with Donal Ryan
This week Aoibhinn is in the company of Booker long-listed Irish author, Donal Ryan. Donal discusses how he heard about the news of the nomination for The Spinning Heart and what it means to him. He shares stories of his upbringing and close family ties. His is a very close family and he stressed the importance of growing up in a household full of books and the need to be a big reader if you want to write.
His wife, Annemarie is his muse. And he tells how she is like his in-house editor reading his output as it emerges on screen. He describes a close, ordinary family life. He writes in the evenings on a laptop at the kitchen table with the dividing doors to the living room a jar where he can see his wife watch TV. He has two children, Thomas and Lucy.
It took Donal seven months to write the first draft of The Spinning Heart. He says he isn’t surprised it received so many rejections, 47 in total before it finally was picked up by Lilliput Press. He talks about the writing process and his writing day.
He shares the story about his wife’s diagnosis of and recovery from cervical cancer and how it brought them closer together.
He talks about the next stage in The Spinning Heart’s story and the possibility of turning it into a theatre piece.
He reads extracts from his booker nominated novel and his forthcoming work, The Thing about December which will be published in October.
Along with his favourite vinyl collection he would rescue his Sopranos and Love Hate box sets if his house were to go on fire
Donal’s music choices were: Christy Moore Joxter Goes To Stuttgart , AC- DC’s Ride on, Van Morrison’s, Crazy Love and Luke Kelly’s, Raglan Road.