NC: You don’t stay still: you write adult
books, children’s books, dialogue-driven
books ( Two Pints), even a footballer’s
book. Do you enjoy stretching different
RD: I haven’t stretched a creative muscle
in years. I used to worry that I’d run out of
ideas. But as I get older I know it’s not
ideas; it’s energy. As long as the job involves
words and story–and it’s what I really want
to do–I’ll give it a go. I enjoy the contrasts
between the different forms. Writing a film
script is so different to writing a novel, I
find it quite easy to give proper attention to both in the
same working day.
NC: You’ve also revisited characters: Jimmy Rabbitte,
Paula Spencer. Have these books been long planned, or
spontaneously embarked upon as the characters fire your
RD: As of September 2017, I’ll have had 11 novels
published and only two of them stand alone. I’ve always
stayed curious about Paula Spencer, for example; I often
Today’s Author of the Day is Roddy Doyle.
Nicholas Clee caught up with him in the run
up to the Fair.
NC: Have you visited the London Book
Fair before? Any book fairs?
RD: I haven’t been to the London Book Fair
before. I was at the Frankfurt Fair once, years ago,
soon after I won the Booker Prize. But I stayed
away from the pavilions. So, strictly speaking,
it would be more accurate to say that I was in
Frankfurt while the Fair was on. I was at the Book
Fair in Vilnius about ten years ago and I really
enjoyed that one, even though it was mid-winter in Lithuania and I
quickly understood that the term “bone cold” has real meaning.
NC: You must have many demands on your time. What
tempted you to say yes to this one?
RD: Honest answer: it’s nice to get out of the house now
and again. Another honest answer: it’s nice to be flattered
now and again. Another honest answer: I’ll get to see the
Russian Revolution Art exhibition at the Royal Academy
while I’m in London.
Author of the Day: Roddy Doyle
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