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All Folk’d Up in Belfast

Folk’d Up
Laurence Donaghy
Blackstaff Press; £7.99
Review: Val Nolan

Folk’d, the first part of Laurence Donaghy’s Belfast-set fantasy trilogy, offered readers a contemporary, Joseph Campbell style Hero’s Journey sprinkled with amusing pop-cultural references and an irreverent tone. 957 more words


The Temporary Gentleman by Sebastian Barry

A just-married Irishwoman slips out of the church in Galway after signing the register. Tearing the veil from her head, she hands her wedding band to a girl in the street, and rushes on, toward the river, into a grey curtain of rain. 1,699 more words

Ciarán Hinds

The Sweet Science of Bruising.................A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride

……….In the early 19th Century, an English journalist and sportswriter, Pierce Egan, published a series of articles about bare-knuckle boxing. He called the sport “The Sweet Science of Bruising” but it’s a description which is perfect for Eimear MacBride’s much-lauded, prize-winning novel “A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing”. 1,022 more words

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Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin

“In a satanic bargain, Melmoth exchanges his soul for immortality. The story of his tortured wanderings through the centuries is pieced together through those who have been implored by Melmoth to take over his pact with the devil. 376 more words


Past Secrets by Cathy Kelly

Past Secrets is the story of three Irish women living on tranquil Summer Street. Christie, an art teacher, who lives a comfortable life with her husband, ties together this story as she helps her neighbours through their struggles finally realizing that she must face up to secrets of her own. 131 more words

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‘Diving into the Wreck’ published in Interzone

I’m happy to say that my story ‘Diving into the Wreck’ has just been published in the current (May 2014)  issue of Interzone (#252) accompanied by… 525 more words