Danielle Barrios-O'Neill: An Interview with Eimear McBride
Danielle interviews the acclaimed Irish author for a chapter in her upcoming book on Irish writing. On the menu: McBride's novels, Irishness, writing sex, and what critics expect from women.
Eimear McBride’s debut novel A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing has one of those publication stories that seems to fly in the face of editorial intuition. Written in six months in the early 2000s, it was left unpublished for nearly a decade, to be finally picked up by Galley Beggar Press in 2013.
Girl went on to win the Goldsmiths Prize, the Desmond Elliott Prize, the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize among others. The original hope was that they would sell just a thousand copies; it's sold over a hundred thousand.
At the Port Eliot Festival this month, Eimear sat down to speak with me about A Girl is a Half Formed Thing and her 2016 novel The Lesser Bohemians, along with some chat about Irishness, writing sex, and what critics expect from women.
I'm currently writing a book chapter on Eimear McBride's first novel, some of which was presented in November 2017 at the American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS) in Washington, D.C.
by Danielle Barrios-O'Neill