Adele Bertei, Vivienne Dick, Cursed Murphy, in conversation.

Soooooo looking forward to moderating an in-conversation with downtown-and-beyond legends Adele Bertei and Vivienne Dick at the Temple Bar Gallery in Dublin on May 31. Here’s the skinny:“Adele’s memoir Twist is a revelatory and deeply personal account of queer history written from a working class perspective. Adele reveals what it’s[…]

Federal Hall (Live)

Federal Hall is one of the first pieces myself and Dan Comerford wrote together. Adapted from a short story named The Blacklight Ballroom (New Irish Short Stories, edited by Joseph O’Connor, Faber, 2011), it originates with an interview I did with filmmaker and writer Bill Carter, about how during the[…]

Anthony Bourdain, 20 years on.

Before he was a successful author and television star, Anthony Bourdain was a chef. Everyone knows this. His most famous book Kitchen Confidential applied gonzo journalism to the world of boiler room cuisine. I liked it a lot. So did many of the writers and musicians I knew. For whatever[…]

Kerouac at 100

It’s Jack Kerouac’s centenary this month. I was on Arena, RTE Radio 1 last night, talking about the life and work. Listen back here:

The Holiday

Our track Rise Again, from the album Cursed Murphy Versus the Resistance, appears in the upcoming Channel 5 drama The Holiday, based on TM Logan’s bestselling novel of the same name. The series is directed by the brilliant Laura Way, and also features music from fellow Wexfordian ODi. The Holiday[…]

Archive Interview – FW de Klerk, January 1999

FW de Klerk, the last president of apartheid South Africa, died today. Here’s our Hot Press interview with him from January 1999, two years after he retired from politics. At the time he was promoting his autobiography The Last Trek – A New Beginning. THE FW DE KLERK INTERVIEW “Hot[…]

Write By the Sea – Mythologies: Colm Toíbín and Peter Murphy in conversation

Join internationally acclaimed Wexford writer Colm Toíbín and Peter Murphy for this insightful conversation about archetypal stories. About this event Mythologies – Colm Toíbín and Peter Murphy in Conversation Join Colm Toíbín and Peter Murphy for this unmissable event as they discuss the use of archetypal stories in fiction, the[…]

Warren Ellis

Had the privilege of catching up with Dirty Three leader, Bad Seeds member, composer and now author Warren Ellis on Zoom today. Warren’s excellent new book Nina Simone’s Gum will be published by Faber & Faber next month. Our feature will run in the Irish Times, more details soon. Meanwhile[…]