The Laureate for Irish Fiction, Sebastian Barry, hosts a series of brief conversations with fellow writers asking what is writing? What is its purpose and mystery beyond the pragmatic notions of academia and journalism? In the latest conversation, he speaks with Claire Kilroy.

Claire Kilroy was born in Dublin, where she lives and works. She has written four novels, All Summer, Tenderwire, All Names Have Been Changed and The Devil I Know, which was described by The Guardian as "a satiric danse macabre of brio and linguistic virtuosity," and by the New York Times as "savagely comic... and great fun." Claire has been shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year three times, and was awarded the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature in 2004.

This series will form part of a visual archive highlighting the golden age of writing in Ireland. The Laureate for Irish Fiction is an initiative of the Arts Council in partnership with University College Dublin and New York University.