Kevin Barry is one of Ireland’s most exhilarating and original writers to emerge this century. His first novel City of Bohane won the 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His second novel Beatlebone won the 2015 Goldsmiths Prize. He first became known, though, for his dark and deeply funny short stories. He writes in a shed at the back of his house in the middle of nowhere in Sligo. Kevin once described himself as one of those 'monstrous creatures who are composed 99 per cent of sheer, unadulterated ego.'

He came to Borris in 2015 to be in conversation with comedian Tommy Tiernan to provide answers to questions that no one had asked yet. A transcription of the conversation later appeared in Winter Pages, a beautiful new arts anthology edited by Kevin Barry and his wife Olivia Smith.