"You do realise that I am one of the few people who can go to the North and have as many Catholics as Protestants in my Audience? In fact, I invented a new kind of Catholic. The Protestant Catholic. A refeened kind of Catholic."

- J.P. Donleavy from "Adventures in Irish Country Houses"
by Victoria Mary Clarke, Aug. 21, 2001
Included here are interviews which have appeared online, in print, on video and audio cassette, been aired on television, and broadcasted on radio. This is by no means a complete list and is in flux as more information is obtained.

"Maailm ja monda. JP Donleavy lirimaa"

Telekavad - tele visioon, Feb. 26, 2000

JPD interview conducted on Finnish television. Coincides with the publication
of a new Finnish translation of The Ginger Man.

"The Ginger Man Returns to the Stage"

Irish Radio, New York, May 2000

Promo interview with JPD regarding the return of the play, The Ginger Man
to be performed at The Irish Arts Center by The Dublin Theatre Company.

"The Classic With a Pornographic Pedigree"

The New York Times, June 28, 2000

JPD article by Mel Gussow focusing mainly on The Ginger Man.

"J.P. Donleavy"

Backstage: Feature Stories, August 10, 2000

Article/review by Simi Horwitz.

To purchase books by J.P. Donleavy, go to the Buyers' Guide.

"Dublin Live - Books & Talks"

ireland.com/The Irish Times, October 5, 2000

JPD article with interview quotes by Edward Power.

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"The Charming Cad & The Secret Shame: JP Donleavy's Prescient Play,
The Ginger Man

Irish Connection Magazine, Issue 2, Oct. 5, 2001

By Brad Balfour. About half article and half interview with both Donleavy and Ronan Wilmot (director of the Dublin Theatre Company productions).

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Endangered Species: Writers Talk About Their Craft, Their Visions, Their Lives

Da Capo, Cambridge, 2001

By Lawrence Grobel. Contributors in addition to Donleavy include James Ellroy, Allen Ginsberg, Alex Haley, Joyce Carol Oates, Neil Simon and others.

"Adventures in Irish Country Houses - J.P. Donleavy"

by Victoria Mary Clarke, August 21, 2001

Levington Park and its master put in a good light with plenty of dialogue snippets from JPD.

"Rebel with a taste for the high life" Arts Interview: JP Donleavy

Financial Times, London, Weekend Edition, March 16/17, 2002

Article, with interview quotes and a review of Donleavy's art show at The Walton Gallery, London.

"Revisiting The Ginger Man"

Poets and Writers Magazine, Vol. 31, Issue 5, Sept/Oct. 2003

By Lance Contrucci. Article with interview quotes and a brief excerpt from The Ginger Man. Available from the publication. Interview portion is from a visit to Levington Park in 2000 by Contrucci.

Maverick Voices: Conversations with Political and Cultural Rebels

Cloth & wrap eds. | Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, MD, 2004 | 235 pages | ISBN (hardcover) 0742533956 (paperback) 0742533964

JPD interviewed in a collection of interviews with those who do not conform to the system.

"Interview With J.P. Donleavy"

Dazed (Literary, Special Issue) - #38 Jan. 2005

JPD interviewed by Iphgenia Baal.

"Iconic man of letters"

Irish Examiner, May 21, 2005

Article by John Daly

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"Only for the Moment Am I Saying Nothing: An Interview with JP Donleavy"

The Literary Traveler - by Walter Cummins and Thomas E. Kennedy, Del Sol Press, Washington D.C. 2005 - ISBN 0974822930

Third publication of an interview conducted by author/editor Thomas E. Kennedy (Special thanks to Mr. Kennedy ).

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"Karim White in Conversation With J.P. Donleavy"

From the catalogue of the JPD art exhibition Feb, 2006, Molesworth Gallery, Dublin.
The interview by Karim White took place, Nov. 3, 2005.

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"Another side of a singular man"

The Post.IE, January 29, 2006

Article by Ros Drinkwater.

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"J.P. Donleavy Approaches 80 Anything But Gingerly"

New York Times - Feb. 11, 2006

by Brian Lavery. Article/interview.

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"An interview with J.P. Donleavy"

New York Times - March 9, 2006

Brian Lavery interviews JPD at Levington Park.

"J.P. Donleavy Talks With Christopher Bigsby"

King's Lynn Fiction Festival, King's Lynn, England, Saturday March 11, 2006

JPD in live conversation with Christopher Bigsby, professor of American Studies at the University of East Anglia and director of the Arthur Miller Centre, King's Lynn.

Searching for a transcript.

"An Interview with JP Donleavy"

JohnnyDeppReads.com - by Karen Purvis - 2006

A wonderful and up-to-date interview. Special thanks to Karen Purvis for granting permission to include this on the site.

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"JP Donleavy"

RTÉ Rattlebag, Monday, April 24, 2006. JPD talks about his literary career to date.
Real Audio format.
 "Time & Place: The donkey hitched a lift"

The Sunday Times May 14, 2006. JPD tells an anecdote from the time of his living in Balsoom House, County Meath. From an interview by Alanna Gallagher.

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"JP Donleavy and The Ginger Man"

BBC 4 program with host Polly Feversham, celebrating the life and work of JP Donleavy. - November 2, 2006. Repeated November 6.

"Patrick Duncombe Interviews J.P. Donleavy"

The London Magazine, Feb./March 2007. Sebastian Barker, ed.

Researching details.

"Author and His Image: Writer J.P. Donleavy returns to New York for a show of his artwork"

New York Daily News, May 6, 2007.

by Denis Hamil. Very favorable interview/article about JPD, his writing and his art.

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"The Artist At Home: J.P. Donleavy at Levington Park"

The Morning News, Sat. May 12, 2007.

Elizabeth Kiem tours JPD's abode and asks questions as she goes. JPD throws in some anecdotes while responding to the questions.

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"A Cultural Conversation with J.P. Donleavy: Naughty Paintings and Once-Scandalous Words"

The Wall Street Journal, Tues. May 15, 2007. - ISBN 00246085.

by Amy Finnerty. A combination article/interview, focusing on JPD's early days of painting and writing.

Article/interview available for subscribers.
"JP Donleavy Interviewed"

CV Publications
, released on CD 2008

From an interview conducted in 1970.
"J.P. Donleavy interview at the 2008 Dublin Writers' Festival"

RTÉ Radio 1 broadcast of a live interview with JPD, presented by Vincent Woods, June 11, 2008. Listen to the show.
"J.P. Donleavy "

Novel Chatter - 2010

Transcription of a telephone interview conducted June, 2006
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"J.P. Donleavy "

An interview by Sinéad Gleeson - | RTÉ Radio 1, Feb. 8, 2014
JP Donleavy - I Write About People I Like

DVD. Interview with JPD by filmmaker Rina Sherman.

J. P. DONLEAVY I Write About People I Like
A film by Rina Sherman
VideoHD, 78 min, 2013, Production: ACA LTFA Distribution: Label K
JP Donleavy - The Meaning of Life - with Gay Bryne

RTÉ ie, air date: January 13, 2013

Coversation at Donleavy's Levington Park estate.
"Gingerman author JP Donleavy on Behan, Frazier and Tennis"

Newstalk Radio 106-108 FM, Ireland with Ger Gilroy - April, 2010

Live on-air interview with JPD.
"Ginger Tales "

by Eamon Carr, Herald i.e. - June 19, 2008

JPD interview and article.
Snapshots: Encounters With Twentieth-Century Legends

by Herbert Kretzmer | Biteback Publishing, September 9, 2014

cloth | ISBN 1849547173

"J.P. Donleavy and The Ginger Man"

An interview by Sean O' Rourke - | RTÉ Radio 1 Today, July 21, 2015

Backround on JPD with main focus on the history of The Ginger Man as well as the new 60th anniversary edition.

"The Natural Science of a Singular Gentleman"

3-AM Magazine | February, 2012

Interview with JPD by David Gavan..
"JP Donleavy's Identities in the Original"

Vanity Fair | April 15, 2010

JPD interviewed by Max McGuinness about his art.

"Desert Island Discs - J.P. Donleavy"

BBC Radio 4, March 9, 2007.

Host Kristy Young interviews JPD and has him select his 10 favorite records.

"J.P. Donleavy and The Ginger Man"

Novel Chatter - June 2006

Phone interview.

"Dangerfield lives: The Ginger Man at 60"

Irish America | October, 2015

by Noel Shine

Excellent article/interview and photography.

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