A former lecturer of English and Spanish Literature and Creative Writing, David Butler is a multi-award-winning novelist, poet, short-story writer and playwright. He tutors regularly at the Irish Writers Centre, and lives in Bray with wife and fellow author Tanya Farrelly.
David Butler is the author of three novels, a short-story collection, two poetry collections and several one-act plays. City of Dis (New Island) was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year, 2015. Literary prizes include the ITT/Red Line and Fish International Award for his short story, the Scottish Community Drama, Cork Arts Theatre and British Theatre Challenge awards for drama, and the Ted McNulty, Brendan Kennelly and Poetry Ireland/Trocaire awards for poetry.
Q: If you could travel in the past, which one of the great writers would you like to meet and why?
A: Dostoevsky, I think. His life reads as hectic and passionate as any of his literary creations!
Q: Do you have a lucky writing talisman? If so, what is it?
A: No, though my writing desk overlooks the sea, which is, itself, a talisman.
Q: What superpower would you like to have and why?
A: Flight. It’s one of those recurring dreams. A micro-light over the Victoria Falls was about the closest I’ve come in real life.
I’ve slept badly again. The farmhouse is unearthly cold. Alive, too, in the still of night, with ticks, groans, intestinal gurgles. The fridge, juddering to a halt. Alice was restless. Shy of dawn I heard her get up, potter about downstairs. She’s left a note on the kitchen table: can run you into the village …