David Butler gives some excellent answers in his Irish Times Q&A

city-of-disDavid Butler’s latest novel City of Dis is available by New Island now. The author was the latest recipient of the Irish Times writer’s Q&A series, and he gave some great insights on the writing process, reviewers and the future of the publishing industry.

On the writing process (enlightening):

[I write] almost always in my head, while out walking or suffering bouts of insomnia. Afterwards, almost all “actual” writing consists of (compulsive) rewriting.

On the future of publishing (a bit depressing):

Exponentially more self-publishing and e-publishing but without any commensurate increase in reading. A move towards audio, multimedia and hyperlinks.

On reviewers (as scathing as any good reviewer):

[The weight I give reviews is] directly proportional to the weight I give the reviewer; inversely proportional to the weight the reviewer gives him/herself.

Butler is not someone whose work I’m familiar with, but I have the height of respect for a cover blurb by Patrick McCabe, who said: “What ghostly eyes chart our hesitancies in this beautiful unknowable Dantesque prison we call the world? David Butler’s compelling mythic, metaphysical X-ray is beautifully written and ought to cement his already growing reputation.”

This beautiful unknowable Dantesque prison we call the world. Fantastic.

Read the full Q&A piece on the Irish Times website here.

City of Dis is David Butler’s third novel. Find out more here.

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2 thoughts on “David Butler gives some excellent answers in his Irish Times Q&A

    1. Thanks David.

      I will definitely check that out.

      Best of luck with the book – we’re opening a new bookshop in Navan, Co Meath soon. Drop in if you’re ever passing.

      Shane

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