A 21st-century seanchaithe

The Observer’s Literary Editor, Robert McCrum, on the rumours and truth that have surrounded the author Desmond Hogan. Hailed as one of Ireland’s finest writers in the 1980s and early 90s and admired by many other writers, including Ted Hughes and Colm Tóibín, Hogan dropped below the literary world’s radar in the mid 90s in what seemed a restless quest for solitude but is set to re-emerge with a new collection of short stories next year, Winter Swimmers: New and Selected Stories, to be published by Lilliput Press