Fiachra Kelleher is a final year undergraduate student at Trinity College, Dublin. He is from Cork.
Fiachra is currently working on short stories for his undergraduate dissertation. His fiction has appeared in The Three Lamps, The Cormorant and Orca.
Q: If you could travel back in time, which of the great writers would you like to meet and why?
A: I’d like to meet whoever it was wrote Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. There’s something very appealing about talking to someone who wrote at the same time as Chaucer (after he got back from helping Heath Ledger with the jousting in France), who combined French, Irish, Scottish and Welsh stories in a dialect that has since been subsumed by the standardised English we know today, and who chose north-west Wales for the setting of an Arthurian story. I’d also be the only person in the world who’d know who the ‘Gawain poet’ really was.
Q: What is the first book you remember reading or having read to you as a child?
A: A children’s version of the Irish myth ‘The Salmon of Knowledge’.
Q: What is the least interesting part of writing for you?
A: Writing is horrible 99% of the time. It’s never not interesting though.
Q: What superpower would you like to have and why?
A: I’d like to be able to perfectly regulate my body temperature. If you choose a fantastic superpower, you’re obliged to go save the world, so I’ll stick with something really handy instead.
‘Do your parents know you’re here, El?’ ‘No, I told them I had exams, so they think I’m in Dublin.’ Orlaith gave a fish-mouthed Wow from the backseat, which only Declan could see in the rear-view mirror. El’s practised mendaciousness impressed him, even if it was unclear why her parents needed the management she gave …