Proust Questionnaire 2: Nuala Ní Chonchúir


Nuala Ní Chonchúir is a writer who has published various collections of poetry, a novel, and short stories, with her latest collection Mother America, published last year by New Island Publishing.

She will be taking part in the Faber Social on 25th May in The Clarence Suite, which will launch Town & Country: New Irish Short Stories, edited by Kevin Barry. The anthology features new work from Nuala, Paul Murray, Patrick McCabe and Eimear Ryan, among others.

What is your idea of happiness?

At home, with husband and kids, fire lit, good veggie food, a tasty Rioja. Everyone safe, together, happy.

What is your favourite virtue?


What do you most value in your friends?

The ability to listen as much as wanting to be listened to.

What is your biggest weakness?


What is your most marked characteristic?


What is your idea of misery?

Being a nun.

What is your favourite bird?


Who are your favourite writers?

Anne Enright, Flannery O’Connor, Edna O’Brien.

Who are your favourite musicians?

Rufus Wainwright, Regina Spektor, Martha Wainwright.

Who are your favourite heroes and heroines in fiction?

Jane Eyre, Red Riding Hood, Julius Winsome.

Who are your favourite heroes and heroines in history?

Joan of Arc, Granuaile.

What is your favourite food and drink?

Chana Masala and red wine (but not together).

Which historical figures do you most dislike?

Rilke, Hitler, Hindley.

What event in history do you most admire?

The building of Newgrange.

What social movement do you most admire?


What is your present state of mind?

Crabbily content.

Which fault in others do you most easily tolerate?


Which fault in yourself do you most easily tolerate?

Worrying (though I shouldn’t tolerate it).



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