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Bernard MacLaverty on a literary life

Author Bernard MacLaverty talks about 50 years of writing, and what it's like to see his collected stories together in one volume for the first time. With Mariella Frostrup.

Belfast born author Bernard MacLaverty talks about his career spanning 50 years. He has published five collections of short stories and, following on from novels including 'Cal' and 'Grace Notes', is now working on his fifth novel. With his short stories now collected together for the first time, he talks to Mariella Frostrup about the themes, people and places which continue to inspire him and inform his writing. He recalls his friendship with the late Seamus Heaney and reflects on the gap which has been left in the literary world since his death.

Producer: Ruth Sanderson.

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28 minutes

Read Bernard MacLaverty's Collected Stories

Find 3 Bernard MacLaverty stories:


The Beginnings of a Sin


At the Beach 


Role Contributor
Presenter Mariella Frostrup
Interviewed Guest Bernard MacLaverty
Producer Ruth Sanderson


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