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Scéalta: Short Stories Irish Women by Rebecca OConnor

Scéalta: Short Stories

Irish Women by Rebecca OConnor

Published March 2006
ISBN : 9781846590030
Paperback
170 pages
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 About the Book 

The short story is one of Irelands national treasures, and within these pages are some of its finest practitioners — from such established names as Julia OFaolain, Claire Keegan and Christine Dwyer Hickey, to the exciting new voices of Judy Kravis,MoreThe short story is one of Irelands national treasures, and within these pages are some of its finest practitioners — from such established names as Julia OFaolain, Claire Keegan and Christine Dwyer Hickey, to the exciting new voices of Judy Kravis, Eithne McGuinness and Cherry Smyth.Here we have stories of dysfunctional marriages, abnormal goings on in rural outposts, urban alienation, and kitchen sink dramas where the woman is no longer tied to the kitchen sink but railing against past wrongs. Issues of domestic violence, child abuse, and abortion are laid startlingly bare. The voices are bold, unsentimental, often very funny, and always deeply affecting.Rebecca OConnor was born in Ireland in 1975. Her poetry has been published in the Guardian, Reactions 5 and Poetry Review, where she was awarded the Geoffrey Dearmer prize for Best new poet in 2004.She was shortlisted for the New Writing Ventures Poetry Award 2005, and her story The Mayfly was an award-winner in the 2003 Virago/Marie Claire short story competition. She was a writer-in-residence at the Wordsworth Trust in 2005, where her pamphlet Poems was published.