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Leaving Home

I have been gone from Ireland for almost thirty years, yet I can’t shake the word “home” from my idea of her. I try to maintain a good degree of skepticism about where I came from because it is, in so many ways, a spectacular ruin. Our sad love songs. Our happy wars. Our stunned submission to power. Our embrace of the robber barons. Our complicity of silence in the face of financial thuggery. Our willingness, especially in the beginning of the 21st century, to allow our heritage to be demolished. There were office buildings built over ancient Viking sites. There were roads allowed to go through holy shrines. Cranes swung like toy things over the skyline of Dublin. “Model” villages were built in the middle of nowhere, only to become ghosts of themselves.

A Selection of Newspaper and Magazine Articles

Magazine publications include the New YorkerEsquireAtlantic MonthlyGQStory MagazineNew York Times Magazine (“The Real Life of Anna V,” Feb 2002), and several other publications.

Editorial and feature pieces written for the New York TimesIrish TimesLondon GuardianBaltimore SunIrish IndependentSunday TribuneFigaroDie ZeitLa RepubliccaLa MondeLire.

Thirteen Ways of Looking – Interview

One of Ireland’s best known writers, his novel, Transatlantic  was long listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2013, while Let the Great World Spin won the National Book Award in the US. 

His novels and collections of short stories frequently appear on best seller lists around the world. Colum McCann has just published his latest collection of short stories Thirteen Ways of Looking and he joined Sean in studio.

Colum with Pat Kenny on RTE Radio1

Colum with Pat Kenny on RTE Radio1 (Irish radio) May 20, 2013

WTC Provides Back Story For Colum McCann’s ‘Spin’

“What I was most interested in was not so much Philip Petit but the people who were on the ground, the people who walk the sort-of little tightrope of our ordinary everyday moments,” McCann says. The reactions of McCann’s main characters to the stunt range from gripping fear that the tight-rope walker will fall, to…

“McCann joins ranks of the great” (Irish Times)

For Colum McCann, the Dublin-born, New York-based writer whose ‘ Let the Great World Spin’ won the US National Book Award on Wednesday night, the prestigious accolade helped make up for Ireland’s defeat to France – just about, he tells FIONA McCANN

Film: Everything in this Country Must

Website Exclusive: Everything in this Country Must (2005)
(script by Colum McCann)
Oscar nominated film directed by Gary McKendry.