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Hot Type: A literary star called Roddy Doyle

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In this June 2000 interview, Booker Prize-winning writer Roddy Doyle, author of The Commitments and Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha talks about his newest work, A Star Called Henry. The iconoclastic Irishman also riffs on premarital sex and the Catholic Church, the IRA and Irish dancing, which he calls "the least sexual form of expression in the world."

Medium: Television
Program: Hot Type
Broadcast Date: June 23, 2000
Guest(s): Roddy Doyle
Host: Evan Solomon
Duration: 17:56
Movie clips: The Commitments courtesy Beacon Communications, The Snapper courtesy Miramax, Michael Collins courtesy Warner Brothers.

Did You know?


• Roddy Doyle incited controversy in 2004 when, speaking at a celebration of James Joyce's birthday, he said Joyce's epic Ulysses "could have used a good editor" and called Finnegan's Wake "a tragic waste of time."
• Doyle also wrote the screenplays for all three installments of his Barrytown Trilogy (The Commitments, The Snapper and The Van) that later became successful films.


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