Ahead of the release of the film version of his book 'The Van' Roddy Doyle chats to Pat Kenny about his work ethic, the writing process and his critics.

Former teacher Roddy Doyle has no regrets about leaving the classroom to write full time.

All I wanted to do was go home and write and now I am doing that the whole day and it is terrific and it is exactly what I wanted to do.

Describes the process of how he works Roddy Doyle sticks to a week day routine. He talks about writing about the humorous and darker sides of life. Doyle's books include the comedy and warmth of The Barrytown Trilogy of 'The Commitments', 'The Snapper' and 'The Van', as well and the more serious stories of 'The Woman Who Walked Into Doors' and the television drama 'Family'. He is currently working on a novel from the point of view of a ninety four year old man and a screenplay for Liam O'Flaherty's book 'Famine'.

Commenting on the mixed critical reaction to his work he says,

I prefer good ones than bad ones... but if the bad ones are really bad, I find them very entertaining.

This episode of 'Kenny Live' presented by Pat Kenny was broadcast on 7 December 1996.