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BIRDIE – where to buy

I was awarded a COVID-19 Crisis Response Award for Literature, from the Arts Council of Ireland, to write and compile birdie, a collection of 16 historical and out-of-time flash and micro fictions.

You can buy a digital copy of birdie here at Draft2Digital or a kindle edition here. It costs €5.99 / US$5.99 / £4.99.

Arlen House has produced a limited, hard-copy edition of birdie which can be bought from Kennys, Galway, Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop Galway, Hodges Figgis, The Reading Room in Leitrim, Forever Amber in Meath, Waterstones Cork, Dubrays, and O’Mahonys in Naas. Your local shop will order.

I have a small number of signed copies of birdie to sell at €12/US$12 (includes P&P) via PayPal. You can pay me via PayPal here. Make sure your address and postcode are included. And put any special inscription you want in the comment box!

Reviewers: please contact Alan Hayes at Arlen House.

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More about birdie:

Love is the central force in birdie, a collection of sixteen historical and out-of-time flash fictions that sing with the voices of women loving and losing and learning. The characters here find strength, despite the sorrows of death and deceit: a ghost-child returns to Massachusetts to comfort her grieving mother; the daughter of a Spanish orange tycoon regrets her mother’s terrible choices; an English maid longs for, but can’t be with, her mistress’s son.

Birdie contains O’Connor’s signature ekphrastic work, drawing on artists as diverse as Matisse, da Vinci, and American painter Edwin Romanzo Elmer. The natural world looms large too: sheep and foxes roam these pages, while seawater washes through them.

Described by the Toronto Star as a writer of ‘magical imagination’ and by the Washington Post as ‘soaring’, O’Connor’s collection of historical flash will delight her readers, old and new.

PARIS READING – BECOMING BELLE

Michele Forbes,
Clíona Ní Riordáin & Nuala O’Connor

Nuala’s event with Michele Forbes, and moderated by Clíona Ní Riordáin, was a great success in Paris last night. A large, enthused crowd and a great Q&A. Thanks to Marion Mossud, librarian at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, for hosting the reading.