This video was filmed in 2010, at the John Hewitt international Summer School. CultureNorthernIreland met with David Park as he read a, then, new story; untitled, and about Amsterdam and George Best’s funeral.
Belfast born, 1953, David Park taught English in secondary schools for over 30 years before retiring four years ago. His first published book was a collection of short stories called Oranges from Spain. Since then David has published seven novels, including The Healing, Swallowing the Sun and The Truth Commissioner. He lives, with his wife and two children, in County Down, Northern Ireland.
David’s story ‘Learning to Swim’ has recently earned him a place on The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award long-list. You can find details of the list here: http://www.booktrust.org.uk/prizes/5
We wish David every luck!