About Sisterland

A world ruled by women. Perfect in theory - but in practise it all goes horribly wrong.

The House Where It Happened

Inspired by a true but little known story.

Banksters

How a powerful elite squandered Ireland's wealth.

 

Ship of Dreams

A small group of survivors meet on one of the Titianic's lifeboats saved from death by random chance.

The Hollow Heart

The true story of a woman's desire to give life and how it almost destroyed her own.




 

Irish Book Awards 2013

The short story is a clever trick. It looks simple but it’s not.

It’s brief, but never flimsy. Economical, but never cut-price. Deceptive, but never untrue.

The fewer the words, the more they convey. This is precision craft. It works because of what’s left unsaid.

The short story is the hobbit of the literary family. Sometimes underestimated. Yet heroic, in its way. It’s a survivor. It delivers. It’s tailor-made for the digital era – a compact format which allows for immediacy.

Oddly enough, for a people who never knowingly use five words when we can let rip with 500, the Irish have a knack for the short story. It occupies a pivotal place in our literature.

Perhaps because, at the core, we’re an emotional people. And short stories alchemise words into feelings which engage with the heart.

All writing practises the art of deception, to some extent. The short story takes that illusion to its outer limits. Reading one, we think we’re stepping into a room – instead we discover ourselves in another world.

And when we reach the story’s end, we never quite leave that world – we carry it with us. Because the best short fiction sparks a pulse of recognition within us.

And forever afterwards, it haunts us.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 
         
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