Patrick McCabe


Playwright and novelist Patrick McCabe‘s short story “The Call” won the Irish Press Hennessy Award. He is the author of several novels, includingCarn (1989), The Butcher Boy (1992), which won the Irish Times Irish Literature Prize for Fiction; The Dead School (1995); and Breakfast on Pluto (1998). The Butcher Boy and Breakfast on Pluto were both shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction. His subsequent novels are Emerald Germs of Ireland (2001); Call Me the Breeze (2003); Winterwood published in 2006 and named the 2007 Hughes & Hughes/Irish Independent Irish Novel of the Year; The Holy City(2008);  Stray Sod Country (2010); and Hello and Goodbye(2013). He is also the author of a children’s book, The Adventures of Shay Mouse (1985), and a collection of linked short stories, Mondo Desperado (1999). His play Frank Pig Says Hello, which he adapted from The Butcher Boy, was first performed at the Dublin Theatre Festival in 1992. A film adaptation of The Butcher Boy directed by Neil Jordan was first screened in 1996. His short stories have been published in The Irish Times and the Cork Examiner and his work has been broadcast by RTÉ in Ireland and the BBC.