Opening Hours

The GLUCKSMAN Little Interview

Every month we ask the same set of questions to someone collaborating with us. Over the last two years, we have interviewed diverse members of the Glucksman community - artists, academics, staff members, guests, audiences and workshop participants. The responses were funny, inspiring, revealing and always a great read. The archive of 2015's interviews can be found here and the 2016 archive is here. Thanks to all who took part!

This month, our Little Interview features John Cryan, Professor of Anatomy and Neuroscience at University College Cork and co-curator of the exhibition Gut Instinct.


John Cryan: February 2017

What are you reading?
I just finished Paul Kalanithi amazing memoir “When breath becomes air” - a wonderfully written elegy to living and dying…

Favourite museum?
Foundation Beyeler in Basel, Switxerland – Wonderful collection in a great Renzo Piano-designed building; Rothko Chapel in Houston is also a wonderful sanctuary.

Best performance?
Has to be Tom Waits in Phoenix Park in 2008.

What is your most treasured possession?
My two kids… Before kids My New Yorker collection (but they didn’t survive my last house move….).

What work(s) of art inspire you?
The paintings of Mark Rothko, the poetry of Louis MacNeice, the writings of Philip Roth, the music of Tom Waits, Billy Holiday and Joni Mitchell, the films of Krzysztof Kieślowski and the plays of Brian Friel.

A lightbulb moment?
The realisation that for the most part when people come to you with their problems it is not for you to solve them but to listen to them…

Guilty pleasure?
Scandinavian TV dramas- from Borgen to the Bridge to Trapped, currently it is Case.

What would you like to be doing right now?
Catching up on latest New Yorker, their cartoons and covers capture the zeitgeist so well.


In 2016, we interviewed:

Pádraic Moore, 4 November 2016
Christine Dennehy,
28 October 2016
Sarah McAuliffe,
21 October 2016
Ben Gearey,
14 October 2016
Danielle Byrne,
7 October 2016
Laurie LeGrand,
3 October 2016
Tessa Giblin,
24 June 2016
Rachael Gilbourne
, 17 June 2016
Maud Cotter, 10 June 2016
John Duncan,
3 June 2016
Sheila Beecher,
27 May 2016
Ellen Byrne,
20 May 2016
Marie Bourke,
13 May 2016
Theresa Reidy,
6 May 2016
Eleanor Duffin,
29 April 2016
Lee Welch,
22 April 2016
Darn Thorn,
15 April 2016
Luise Ebner,
8 April 2016
Damien Flood
, 1 April 2016
Ailbhe Ní Bhriain, 25 March 2016
Eoin Colfer,
11 March 2016
Colin Darke,
4 March 2016
Daniel Blackshields,
27 February 2015
Antonia Hirsch,
19 February
Fiona Kelly
, 12 February 2015

Declan Jordan
, 5 February 2015

Find the 2015 Little Interviews here