- 31 Oct 17
Involved during his time at the Irish Film Board with such creative successes as Good Vibrations, A Date For Mad Mary and Song Of The Sea, ANDREW MEEHAN has now turned his hand to writing fiction. Interview: OLAF TYARANSEN
At his request, Hot Press meets debut author Andrew Meehan in Galway’s award-winning Kai. It comes as little surprise that the 45-year-old wants to do this interview in a restaurant, since the action of his just-published novel, One Star Awake, kicks off in the kitchen of a Parisian eatery.
“You know what, I’m so into my food that I had to write against it,” he admits, as his West Coast crab salad is placed before him. “At the start of the book, the main character Eva works as a dishwasher in a restaurant. But like so many restaurant folk, she eats total crap – sweets and Nutella. She’s a grown woman but in every other way she’s a child, so I had to give her a child’s taste in food. When she drinks wine she spits it out. That’s how you know it’s fiction.”
Meehan spent several years living in Galway when he worked as Head of Development for the Irish Film Board. A good friend of Kai’s owner and head chef Jess Murphy, he’d often come for breakfast, lunch and dinner here. On the same day.