RadioMoLI is delighted to present a programme to mark the Chinese New Year in partnership with Dublin Chinese Lunar New Year. To celebrate the Year of the Ox, we are joined by Chinese writer Yan Ge, in conversation with the Irish writer Cónal Creedon.
Yan Ge’s novels include The Chilli Bean Paste Clan, Strange Beasts of China, and White Horse. Her work in Sichuanese has been widely translated and she has also written extensively in English. She was named by People’s Literature Magazine as one of twenty future Chinese literary masters. Born in Sichuan, Yan Ge lived for a period in Ireland, and is now based in Norwich.
Cónal Creedon is a novelist, playwright, and documentarian. Originally from Cork, his work includes novels Pancho and Lefty Ride Out, Passion Play, and The Immoral Deed of Michael O’Leary; the play The Trial of Jesus; and the documentary Flynnie: The Man Who Walked Like Shakespeare.
Across the best part of an hour, Yan and Cónal speak about writing in a foreign language as well as communication without language, they discuss the value of travel and we hear about finding love in a shared view of human misery. And keep listening for a surprise towards the end!