Exploring a variety of storytelling disciplines as well as the lifestyle discipline required to produce good work, the aim of this talk is to inspire. 

“My first novel was the product of a two-year workshop, so I know the value of mentoring, guidance, encouragement, and discipline to any apprentice writer, of any age.

These days, writers are diversifying more and more in order to survive. My talk will take in classic and modern novels and short stories, exploring a variety of storytelling disciplines (fiction, graphic novels, non-fiction, film, TV, narrative songwriting, poetry and live performance).

The talk will also address the kind of lifestyle discipline required to produce good work over a prolonged period, as well as investigate the business aspects of writing: agents, advances, publishers, bursaries and so on.

My primary goal would be to inspire. Critiquing techniques and editing skills can be acquired, but I believe curiosity and passion are crucial. I love to talk about literature, to explore it and analyse it, and to communicate my love and enthusiasm for the work. My own taste is wide and varied: I value excellence in all forms. Overall my hope is that our session will deepen people’s appreciation of literature, encourage them to discover their own voices, and prepare them for the life of a writer.” Peter Murphy

About Peter 

Peter Murphy, photo by Graham KeoghPeter Murphy is a writer, journalist, and spoken word performer. He is the author of two novels, John the Revelator (2009) and Shall We Gather at the River (2013), published by Faber & Faber in Ireland and the UK, and by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in the US and Canada. His fiction has been translated and published in Italy, France, the Czech Republic, Holland, Germany, Serbia, Romania and the Commonwealth countries, and nominated for the Costa, the Kerry Group Fiction Prize, and the IMPAC.

As well as a number of short stories (‘The Dead‘ included in Dubliners 100 (Tramp Press, 2014), ‘The Blacklight Ballroom‘ included in New Irish Short Stories edited by Joseph O’Connor (Faber & Faber, 2011), and ‘The Hound From the County Hell’ (Winter Pages, 2015), he helped develop the radio drama Coma with Kevin McCann, which won the silver prize at the PPI Broadcasting Awards in 2015.

Peter’s journalism and non-fiction have appeared in Rolling Stone, The Guardian, the Irish Times, Hot Press and Huffington Post. He has released two albums with the Revelator Orchestra, The Sounds of John the Revelator and The Brotherhood of the Flood. For ten years he was a regular panelist on RTE’s arts review show The View with John Kelly, and was also a presenter on RTE’s The Works.

He is currently at work on his third book.


“Everything about John the Revelator excited me – I couldn’t wait to turn the page and keep on going. It was like reading for the first time, almost as if I’d never read a novel before.” – Roddy Doyle, author of Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, A Star Called Henry, The Woman Who Walked Into Doors.

 An absolutely wonderful book… fresh and so contemporary, original and disturbing and brave.” – Colm Toibin, author of The Master, Brooklyn.

“A brilliant book.”Neil Jordan, filmmaker, author of Shade, Mistaken

“Fabulous… It’s some of the best writing I’ve seen from a younger Irish writer in a while.” – Colum McCann, author of Let the Great World Spin, Trans-Atlantic.

“… A dark and deeply talented novelist. This second novel of his is a wild and inventive butt-kicker, but it’s also strangely tender, and its language is charged, vivid, luminous.”Kevin Barry, author of City Of Bohane, Dark Lies the Island.


Photos by Graham Keogh