Author Archives: Alexander Matthews

Author Colm Tóibín on ‘Pulling Things Up and Out’

The Irish master discusses the creative impulse, his writing process, and why he finally started writing about queer characters.

Garth Greenwell on the Poetry of Being an Outsider

“I had no intention of writing about childhood or Kentucky in the 90s or being a queer person there…”

Writing as Therapy: Damon Galgut on Unpicking a Psychological Knot Through Fiction

The award-winning gay author Damon Galgut reflects on the compulsion behind crafting stories –  and what it means to be a “real” novelist.

Acclaimed Author Edmund White on Capturing The Gay Experience

“In fiction you have an obligation to show representative characters… you don’t just want to show a bunch of freaks.”

Capturing campus politics with wit, warmth and nuance: “Okay, Okay, Okay” reviewed

Finuala Dowling’s fifth novel captures the tragicomic absurdities of universities grappling with change.

Finding Stillness When You’re on the Move

Meditation is a calming sanctuary I carry with me wherever I go.

For Creatives, is There Such a Thing as Too Much Travel?

On “peak nomad” and how to overcome it.

A powerful portrait of the immigrant experience: “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” reviewed

This is easily one of the best debut novels of the year: an unflinching, lyrical dissection of tragedy and trauma — large and small.

The golden light of Los Angeles​

I’m obsessed with LA’s light: languorous, golden, and lingering long after sunset.

Transforming The Wilds: A Q&A with artist James Delaney

A once-dangerous and overgrown park is now a vibrant sanctuary for all.