Alannah Hopkin

Writer and journalist

New book "A Very Strange Man"
My work Read/Write or Watch/Listen


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Alannah Hopkin is a writer based in southwest Ireland. She is this year’s Frank O’Connor International Fellow and will be teaching on the M.A. in Creative Writing at University College, Cork. Her story collection The Dogs of Inishere was published by Dalkey Archive Press in 2017. Her stories have appeared in the London Magazine and The Cork Literary Review, among others, and been short-listed for the RTE Short Story Award. She has worked as a freelance journalist mainly in arts and travel, and as an art critic and book reviewer. She has published two novels with Hamish Hamilton (London) and her non-fiction books include Eating Scenery: West Cork, the People & the Place. She regularly hosts events for the Cork International Short Story Festival, the West Cork Literary Festival and Words by Water in her hometown, Kinsale. Her latest book ‘A Very Strange Man’: A Memoir of Aidan Higgins was published by New Island, Dublin in Spring 2021. If you want to read the full reviews you can find them HERE.

For enquiries about “A Very Strange Man” contact

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Download my CV, or read it here.

Alannah Hopkin CV 2021 page 1 of 2 Alannah Hopkin CV 2021 page 2 of 2


If you like to read

The International Flann O’Brien Society asked me to write an obituary for the late John O’Brien, publisher of the Dalkey Archive Press and the Review of Contemporaty Fiction for The Parish Review: Journal of Flann O’Brien Studies 5, no. 1 (Spring 2021): 1-13.
You can read it here. ‘In Memoriam: John O’Brien,’ T_h_e_ _P_a_r_i_s_h_ _R_e_v_i_e_w_:_ _J_o_u_r_n_a_l_ _o_f_ _F_l_a_n_n_ _O_’B_r_i_e_n_ _S_t_u_d_i_e_s_ _5, no. 1 (Spring 2021): 1–13. DOI:

You can find more information about my published fiction on the Books page. You can buy my books on Amazon too.

With Aidan Higgins
Dermot Healy, essay on his work by Alannah Hopkin and Aidan Higgins from Writing the Sky – Observations and Essays on Dermot Healy (2015), edited by Neil Murphy and Keith Hopper, Dalkey Archive Press 2016:  ‘Newcomer, Mentor Old Hand’

Irish Examiner
After Ireland: Writing the Nation from Beckett to the Present by Declan Kiberd Book Review Irish Examiner (second page here)

Making Integral – Critical Essays on Richard Murphy Book Review Irish Examiner

Best European Fiction 2016 – Dalkey Archive Press Book review Irish Examiner

Best European Fiction 2014 – Dalkey Archive Press Book Review Irish Examiner

Best European Fiction 2013 – Dalkey Archive Press Book Review Irish Examiner

A Kind of Compass – Stories on Distance edited by Belinda McKeon Book review Irish Examiner

Review of Stinging Fly Stories edited by Sarah Gilmartin and Declan Meade Book review – Irish Examiner June 2018

Selected Stories by Éilís Ní Dhuibhne Book Review Irish Examiner

The O’Brien Archive –The Irish Examiner

Philip Larkin, Life, Art and Love by James Booth Book review Irish Examiner

Irish Times Diaries
Leonard Cohen – Irish Times Diary Page 1 Page 2 Page 3

Séan Dunne – Irish Times Diary 2005 Page 1 Page 2 Page 3

Lobster – Irish Times Diary Page 1 Page 2 Page 3

Gerald MacSweeney Irishwoman’s Diary

Robert Gibbings Irishwoman’s Diary

John Calder 1997 – Irish Times Diary and second page here.

John Calder’s birthday Irishwoman’s Diary

Victoria Glendinning – Irish Times Magazine 2004 Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4

RTE Sunday Miscellany
The Shooting of the Admiral – script of radio talk RTÉ Radio 1 Miscellany

E.L.Voynich – script of radio talk RTE Radio 1 Miscellany

Cork International Short Story Festival from The Oldie Magazine’s Go Away GB supplement –  10-12 Cork Go Away GB 2014

Read reviews about Alannah’s latest book “A Very Strange Man” here.


I write books and short stories. My books are available from Amazon and from Dalkey Archive Press. Click on a book cover to find out more about it. You can also purchase my new book “A Very Strange Man” from New Island Books



If you like to watch/listen

Interview with Seán Rocks on Arena, RTÉ Radio 1, 9 July 2021

In conversation with Thomas McCarthy at the launch of ‘A Very Strange Man’, 1 May 2021

Reading the story ‘My Heart Aches’ online at Cork International Short Story Festival, October, 2020

Interviewing Sara Maitland at the Cork International Short Story Festival 2019

Interviewing William Wall, Cork International Short Story Festival 2017 (date tbc*)

With Carlo Gébler, reading from The Dogs of Inishereat Cork International Short Story Festival 2017

Fifty Years of Sunday Miscellany (New Island)
Listen to me reading from Sunday Miscellany (the following audio is courtesy of RTÉ Libraries and Archive) here:

(click just to the left of the timestamp if it won’t play)

The Shooting of the Admiral – radio talk – RTE Sunday Miscellany 22 March 2015

E.L.Voynich – radio talk – RTE Sunday Miscellany 05 October 2014
(Scroll down to find Listen button and Alannah’s piece starts at 0:38:58)

White – shortlisted for the RTE Francis McManus short story prize 2014 and read by Angela Harding

Review of The Dogs of Inishere from RTE Lyric FM’s Culture Slot

(click just to the left of the timestamp if it won’t play)


Paula Elmore, Editor, The Collins Press Guide Books
I always welcome the opportunity to work with Alannahfor her professionalism, tact, diligence and ability to transform a script. She can see straight to the heart of the matter and is insightful about what is required to turn a script into a publishable prospect.

Tom Stainer, Senior Editor,  Insight Guides/Berlitz Handbooks
I have worked with Alannah on several Insight/Berlitz projects. She is a pleasure to work with and has brought her wide knowledge of the tourism business in Ireland, including hotels, restaurants, attractions, outdoor activities and cultural life, to each project.

Gemma Tipton, Guest Artistic Director, Kinsale Arts Festival, 2011 and 2012
Alannah has ably hosted and interviewed John Banville and Kevin Barry, among others. She has an instinct for fielding audience responses and framing them to create an engaged, enjoyable session that really opens up a sense of the books. With a writer’s insight, she creates an atmosphere that gives fresh insight, and a sense of really knowing the authors on stage.

Liam Ronayne, Cork City Librarian
I have enjoyed working with Alannah on a number of projects. The Cork World Book Festival commissioned Alannah to be guest curator for continental European writers in 2014.

Mary Keenan, Tree Council of Ireland
Alannah came highly recommended to provide editorial assistance with our book ‘Heritage Trees of Ireland’. She will tactfully challenge any vagueness, confusion or inconsistencies in a script to ensure that the writing becomes clearer and better while remaining respectful of the writer’s style and intended message. Her work is completed in a timely, efficient and concise manner, with meticulous attention to detail and a wonderfully pleasant demeanour.

Pat Cotter, Artistic Director, Munster Literature Centre
Alannah Hopkin is a writer and teacher I have had professional dealings with over the course of thirty years. In all that time I have known her to be impeccably reliable, efficient and kind. As a writer-critic-reader she shows great taste and judgement. As a workshop leader she demonstrates an uncanny ability to combine a commitment to exacting standards along with a deep awareness of, and consideration for, the needs of her students. This is why I have engaged her services as a writer and workshop provider on many occasions.


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