Rory Gleeson

Posted by Sue Leonard on Thursday 2nd February 2017

Rory’s parents made sure that he became a reader.

“They insisted on it. It was all Roald Dahl. Then, at 13, I discovered Roddy Doyle’s Barrytown trilogy. I found it accessible, fun and empathetic.’

After college Rory moved to London, planning to write.

“I ended up in construction, working long hours six days a week. I became tired and sad. After six months my parents rescued me.”

After a few months at home, Rory took his masters – which included a part-time residency at Oxford University.

“I loved it from the first workshop, and gained confidence quickly.”

He started his debut in his second term at Manchester. He then moved to Toronto for two years.

“When I got my book contract, I took a year off to write.”

Who is Rory Gleeson

Date of birth: 12th April, 1989 in Dublin.

Education:  Malahide Community School. Trinity College Dublin, Psychology. Manchester University, and University of East Anglia: MA in Creative Writing.

Home:  London.

Family: Parents, the actor, Brendan Gleeson, and Mary Weldon; brothers Domhnall, Fergus and Brian.

The Day Job: “I’ll have to work in a bar to pay the bills.”

Interests:  Meeting individual friends and drinking coffee. “And movies. I watch 2 or 3 a week. It’s my de-stressing zone.”

Favourite Writers: George Saunders; Emer McBride; Kasuo Ishiguro; Anne Enright; Roddy Doyle.

Second Novel: “I have a very rough first draft.”

Top Tip: “Just work and read. And know when to be confident in yourself.”

Web: Twitter: @RoryRua

The Debut: Rockadoon Shore. John Murray: €16.99. Kindle: €12.18. 

When Cath and her five college friends arrive at her mother’s cottage in the west of Ireland,

they’re determined to have a good time. And why wouldn’t they? They’ve known each other for a year and a half and consider themselves a tight bunch.

As the drink and drug fuelled weekend commences, cracks begin to appear. And it’s clear that each of them hopes for something different.

“I was looking at friendships: on how they dissolve, and how much we owe friends who are not reciprocating. It was interesting to see how complex that gets, in a group with different strands of interaction.” 

The Verdict: A superb, confident new voice. Gleeson encapsulates the lives of the young and entitled.  

Published in The Irish Examiner on 28th January, 2017

© Sue Leonard. 2017

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