Saturday, November 23, 2013

Look Who's Talking

The Innocent Sleep by Karen Perry published by Henry Holt, March 2014

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Advanced Praise for Karen Perry’s

THE BOY THAT NEVER WAS - Penguin UK - March 2014

“Impossible to put down. This pulse pounding thriller is bristling with suspense—a fantastic debut.”—John Hart

"A truly remarkable novel. THE BOY THAT NEVER WAS is a pitch-perfect balance of driving plot and honest, complex human emotion. Written in a captivating, lyrical style and brilliantly structured, the story grips your heart from the first pages and simply never lets go."

--Jeffery Deaver, Best-selling author of The Bone Collector

 THE BOY THAT NEVER WAS is that powerful thing, a beautifully written mystery driven by its exploration of the characters' innermost hearts - of the inexorable ripples that loss sends out, and the terrible damage people can do to those they love most. Both as a crime novel and as an emotional journey, it's gripping stuff.'

-- Tana French, Best-selling author of Broken Harbour

 THE BOY THAT NEVER WAS kicks off with a gut punch of every parents' worst fear and never lets up. Part thriller, part introspective emotional novel, the book dives into what it feels like to survive the unthinkable, and then -- what if -- you could get it all back. No really good guys or bad guys here, just emotionally wounded people struggling to hang on. Highly original and highly entertaining

-- Ace Atkins, New York Times Bestselling author of The Broken Places

“Accomplished…A dark mystery about unimaginable loss and irrevocable choices…Perry delivers an intriguingly emotional and unconventional debut.”—Kirkus

“Smart…Deceit, infidelity, and surprising twists make this a satisfying debut.”—Publishers Weekly

“Deliciously taut…the haunting, sometimes vague flashbacks to Tangiers create a sense of alluring, exotic danger. Readers drawn to the intense emotion and zero-sum conflict of Andre Dubus III’s House of Sand and Fog (1999) will love this one, as will those captivated by the missing-person intrigues in Laura Lippman’s What the Dead Know (2007) and Lisa Scottoline’s Look Again (2009).”—Booklist, Starred Review

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Kay Ryan in Nenagh

A very enjoyable discussion and reading by Kay Ryan last week in Nenagh. Thanks to everyone down there for a thoroughly enjoyable evening of poetry.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Juan Graves

I was in Deia last week to see the Graves Museum. A man was sitting on a bench in the garden. It looked very like Robert Graves. It was Juan. The very same Juan as 'To Juan on the Winter Solstice'.  Here's a photo of us:

Robert Graves's office

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

River of Light

Marc Neys, aka Swoon, has made a new film based on my poem ‘River of Light’ which appears in my  first book, The Drowning of the Saints, (2003), and which will also appear in Gunpowder Valentine: New and Selected, the Dedalus Press, 2014.

The poem is also a poem on the Leaving Certificate in Ireland from 2015.

See the film here:

Monday, June 17, 2013

The Innocent Sleep

The Innocent Sleep - A Karen Perry Novel - see previous posts for what it's all about and who Karen Perry is anyway- is available to preorder on or

Athens Inernational Creative Writing Summer School

I'm heading out to Athens next week to teach for the KWS / British Council Athens Inernational Creative Writing Summer School. Applications are still being taken. SOme Awards / Scholarships available. Click on image for more details - a wonderful line-up of writers including Jonathan Barnes, Jane Yeh , Fiona Sampson and Rachel Cusk.

Monday, June 03, 2013


Marc Neys' poetry film Drift, based on Paul Perry's poem 'For Two Nato Soldiers ...' has won first prize in the video poetry competition of  "La Parola Immaginita" 2013, which is part of Treviglio Poesia Festival.

Watch it here: