Niamh Campbell – Literary fiction author on extroverted writing

Niamh Campbell has always been around words, studying them, teaching them, constantly writing them. Her short story ‘Love Many’ won an Irish Times writing prize, and from that success she’s published her debut novel, ‘This Happy’.

It tells the story of Allanah, who falls in love with an older man, and it unpacks the way that impacts her life. It’s a novel of exploration, of description and words. We discuss how she worked through the plot from that, and how she works around her focus on language.

We chat about why she finds characters boring, and how that influences much of what she writes. Also, why she’s pretentious about genre, and how lockdown has made her reassess whether she’s an introvert or an extrovert.

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