Andrew wrote ‘the usual horrendous poetry,’ and song lyrics when he was in school, then in college, he started writing in earnest.
“I began to write in a structured, serious way when I was having to read in a serious way.”
After college he left Ireland and lived in Massachusetts for three years, then in New Hampton; and now he lives in New York.
“I’ve been here for 18 months now, and I like it a lot.”
He has taught a lot over the years, and is currently completing a doctorate.
“The academic life suits me. I love writing and reading, and being around other people who love writing and reading.”
Andrew’s short stories have been widely published in various publications and anthologies. These include The Stinging Fly, The Dublin Review and the Cork Review.
“One of my earliest stories appeared in the New Writing Page. I’ve also been published a lot in the States.”
Who is Andrew Fox
Date of birth: 29th June 1985, in Dublin.
Education: Skerries Community College; University College Dublin, BA. Trinity College Dublin, M Phil Creative Writing. Then to UCD to get an Academic MA. Currently completing a Doctorate at the University of Massachusetts.
Home: New York.
Family: Wife Emily, dog Rooney, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
The Day Job: “I work as a technical writer, or grant writer. I write proposals in order to provide social services to low income families.”
Interests: Running; walking round cities, walking the dog, and watching soccer.
Favourite Writers: “I love essays. I like John Jeremiah Sullivan; Joseph Mitchell’s Essays of New York, and Karl Whitney’s Hidden City- Adventures and Explorations in Dublin.”
Second Novel: “I’m working on some interconnecting short services, and also on a short novel about four generations of an Irish family.”
Top Writing Tip: Read like a writer; critically and analytically.
The Debut: Over Our Heads. Stories. Penguin Books: €15.99 Kindle: €12.27
This varied collection centres on the rootless young, who feel unsettled whether they’re at home or abroad. From the short, A Vigil, to the superlative longest story, Are You Still There? these stories capture the protagonist’s passions and uncertainties. Justly praised by Roddy Doyle and Kevin Barry.
The Verdict: A superb collection. Literary; compassionate and knowing.
Published in The Irish Examiner, 7th March, 2015
© Sue Leonard. 2015