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Billy O'Callaghan

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Billy O'Callaghan was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1974. He is the author of three short story collections - ‘In Exile’ (2008, Mercier Press), ‘In Too Deep’ (2008, Mercier Press), and 'The Things We Lose, the Things We Leave Behind' (2013, New Island Books); and a novel, 'The Dead House' (2017, Brandon/O'Brien Press, and 2018, Arcade/Skyhorse Publishing).

His new novel, 'My Coney Island Baby', is forthcoming in January 2019 from Jonathan Cape (UK) & April 2019 from Harper (US), and a new short story collection is scheduled for release in the UK & US in 2020.

His work has been recognised with numerous honours, including two Bursary Awards for Literature from the Arts Council of Ireland, a Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Award and a Costa Shor
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Billy O'Callaghan Read a lot and write a lot. Every day, without excuse. It's like building muscle. And read widely, read novels, stories, essays, poems, biographies,…moreRead a lot and write a lot. Every day, without excuse. It's like building muscle. And read widely, read novels, stories, essays, poems, biographies, histories. Broaden your mind. And also, be aware of the world around you. When you are out walking, or on a bus or in a cafe, look around and listen.(less)
Billy O'Callaghan A novel, that's taking forever. Part of the reason is that I keep putting it aside to work on new ideas for stories.
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My new novel, 'My Coney Island Baby' is due out in the new year (January in the UK and Canada, with Jonathan Cape, and in the months following in some other countries and in other languages - details to follow soon).
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“On a level, they might be perfect for one another, but it's a theoretical perfection only, compromised by timing. Their bests passed one another on the way to here, and now exist epochs apart.”
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“The only writing that was any good was what you made up, what you imagined. That made everything come true. Everything good he had ever written he'd made up. None of it had ever happened. Other things had happened. Better things, maybe. That was what the family couldn't understand. They thought it was all experience. Nick in the stories was never himself. He made him up. Of course he had never seen an Indian woman having a baby. That was what made it good. Nobody knew that.”
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“Then it don’ matter. Then I’ll be all aroun’ in the dark. I’ll be ever’where—wherever you look. Wherever they’s a fight so hungry people can eat, I’ll be there. Wherever they’s a cop beatin’ up a guy, I’ll be there. If Casy knowed, why, I’ll be in the way guys yell when they’re mad an’—I’ll be in the way kids laugh when they’re hungry an’ they know supper’s ready. An’ when our folks eat the stuff they raise an’ live in the houses they build—why, I’ll be there.”
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“But sometimes when I was starting a new story and I could not get it going, I would sit in front of the fire and squeeze the peel of the little oranges into the edge of the flame and watch the sputter of blue that they made. I would stand and look out over the roofs of Paris and think, 'Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.' So finally I would write one true sentence, and then go on from there.”
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Billy O'Callaghan Cathy wrote: "Hello Billy, thanks for being book mates with me :)"

The pleasure is mine, Cathy. I look forward to some good discussions! All the best, Billy


message 6: by Cathy

Cathy Hello Billy, thanks for being book mates with me :)


message 5: by Laura

Laura Hi Billy, thank you for the friend request! One of your books is on my to-read list, and I'm looking forward both to reading it and to discussing books with you here on GR!


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Billy O'Callaghan Stephen wrote: "Thanks Billy for accepting my Friendship Request. Dolors holding you in high esteem is more than enough for me. :)"

You are welcome, Stephen. Thanks for the request. We can never have enough friends and book lovers are definitely the right kind of friends. I look forward to some good interaction! Best wishes, Billy


Stephen P Thanks Billy for accepting my Friendship Request. Dolors holding you in high esteem is more than enough for me. :)


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Billy O'Callaghan Dolors wrote: "Hello Billy. Many thanks for your friend invite and for trying to reply to my nonsensical question, which I am unable to reply myself! Heh, I have been meaning to delete it for ages but people come..."

Hi Dolors,
It's a great question! Impossible to answer, of course, but a nice one to ponder. Thanks for the friend acceptance. I look forward to reading and sharing many good books! Best wishes from Cork!


Dolors Hello Billy. Many thanks for your friend invite and for trying to reply to my nonsensical question, which I am unable to reply myself! Heh, I have been meaning to delete it for ages but people come up with the most creative of responses and and I keep postponing doing so. I see many of my favorite writers in your profile and so I can't wait to discuss their works with you. Cheers from Barcelona! :)


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