Granta magazine has published ‘Gooseen’ – my story about Nora Barnacle – for Bloomsday. This story recently won the Short Story Prize judged by Ríona Judge McCormack. McCormack said of it: ‘”Gooseen”, stood out for its freshness, its stunning use of language, and its warm, beating humanity.’ It’s at Granta here.
‘Gooseen’, my story about Nora Barnacle, that recently won the Short Fiction Prize, will be published in Granta on Bloomsday. Delighted!
I’m currently on retreat in the beautiful River Mill, a brand new writers’ retreat in an 18th C mill in County Down. It’s in a gloriously rural part of the country, near Ardglass and Downpatrick. There is vast peace, boreens to walk, sweet lambs to admire and delicious food to eat.
And I’m getting plenty of features and articles written in the run-up to my new novel Becoming Belle‘ s publication in August (USA) and September (here).
I’d highly recommend The River Mill to writers looking for a really peaceful retreat in the countryside. Poet Paul Maddern is a lovely host and he cooks and bakes like an angel.
The UK cover of Becoming Belle revealed. Out September 6th from Piatkus Little Brown & Hachette Ireland.