Mike McCormack: Solar Bones

Wednesday 10th May
Written by Ciarán Hodgers 

Celebrated Irish novelist and short story writer Mike McCormack joined Professor Frank Shovlin, University of Liverpool for an incisive and revealing discussion. McCormack’s work has been awarded the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, voted New York Times Notable Book of the Year and Solar Bones, which McCormack was discussing , was named “Novel Of The Year” by the Irish Book Awards.

Filling out the radical bookstore News from Nowhere, were lovers of literature who’d read (or bought to read later) a copy of the experimental novel which is written in a single sentence.

Mike talked at length about the variances between British and Irish publishers, and again about the difference between independent and commercial publishers. All in context to the risk of writing a novel such as this, a commercial publisher would be traditionally unlikely to back such an experimental exercise. However, Tramp, the publisher of Solar Bones, took a risk that appears to be paying off.

It was a warm and interesting evening that left listeners eager to dive into the “hymn to small-town Ireland.”