How Banville Makes the Banal Beautiful


  • Patrick Holloway



J.J. Delaney, A. Gilsenan, N. Hegarty, P. Holloway, R. Jenkinson, C. MacCann, A. Ní Corráin, E. Ní Chuilleanáin, B. O’Callaghan, J. O’Donnell, J. Traynor.


This section brings different voices from writers who narrate their experience as readers of John Banville’s work to pay tribute to his 50 years of an inspiring writing.

Author Biography

Patrick Holloway

Patrick Holloway is an Irish writer and professor. His story was the winning January story for The Hennessy New Writing Competition. He was the winner of Headstuff poem of the year. He won second place in the Raymond Carver Fiction Contest, was shortlisted for the Dermot Healy Poetry Prize, The Over The Edge New Writer of the Year Award for poetry, The Bath Flash Fiction Prize, and The Bath Short Story Prize. His stories and poems have been published widely in Ireland, the U.K, Australia, United States, and Brazil. Some of the journals that have published his work include Poetry Ireland Review, The Irish Times, Overland Literary Journal, Write Bloody Publishing, New Voices Scotland, Papercuts, and Headstuff. He has been shortlisted twice for the Cork Literary Manuscript competition. His short story ‘Counting Stairs’ was highly commended for the Manchester Fiction Prize. His greatest achievements to date are his two young daughters, Aurora and Luna Fay.




How to Cite

Holloway, P. (2021). How Banville Makes the Banal Beautiful. ABEI Journal: The Brazilian Journal of Irish Studies, 22(1), 33-34.