Glasgow Writers: Donal McLaughlin

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DonalRigaFeatured in Best European Fiction 2012 (Dalkey Archive) as both an author and a translator, DONAL McLAUGHLIN was born in Ireland, but moved to Scotland in 1970. The author of two short story collections – an allergic reaction to national anthems (2009) and beheading the virgin mary & other stories (2014) – Donal is a recipient of the Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Award, was Scottish PEN’s first écrivain sans frontières, and is a former Hawthornden Fellow. He has represented the City of Glasgow in both Nuremberg (Hermann Kesten Fellow) and Berne (Swiss Literary Exchange) and was a founding member of the Scottish Writers’ Centre. His translations include over one hundred writers for the New Swiss Writing anthologies (2008-2011) and numerous novels. He is the voice of Urs Widmer in English and was shortlisted for the Best Translated Book Award 2013 (USA). In 2013, Freight published naw much of a talker, Donal’s highly praised translation of a novel written in Swiss dialect by Pedro Lenz.

edbookfest_white_on_trans_150_90oher exDonal will be taking part in Edinburgh Book Festival

19th February, 2014

Donal McLaughlin & Andrés Neuman

Tue 19 Aug 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Writers’ Retreat
£7.00, £5.00

Far Away from Home

Two bright lights of modern European fiction focus on young strangers living in an unknown land. Donal McLaughlin’s Beheading the Virgin Mary, and Other Stories follows Scotland-based Irish boy Liam, as he negotiates growing up far away from his home town. Andrés Neuman’s Talking to Ourselves features 10 year old Lito, who goes on an unusual road trip across the Spanish-speaking world. Chaired by Richard Lea from the Guardian.

‘lacerating stories about the little insults of the everyday, frequently focusing on a lad named Liam O’Donnell, who sounds something like McLaughlin himself. VERDICT Liquidly written, darkly witty, and highly recommended for literate readers; all Irvine Welsh and Kevin Barry fans should pick up.’

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