Tag Archives: Nuala O’Connor

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.

LITTLE FREE LIBRARY

My husband Finbar and I have set up a Little Free Library in the garden opposite our house in Ballinasloe (just in front of my writing cabin), so that during these lockdown days, friends and neighbours can have new books to read.

If you visit, please observe correct social distancing and use the hand sanitiser provided. Also help yourself to a free bookmark, made by my 10 yo daughter Juno and me.

If you can swap a book, please do, but there’s no requirement to do that. We have a lot of books and we’re happy to give them away.

Perimenopause essay

Emily Dickinson collage
by Juno McLoughlin

Nuala has a new essay about perimenopause (and hope!) in the new non-fiction journal from Bay Path University, Multiplicity Magazine. In ‘The Hope Cure – Negotiations with the Peri-fog’, she touches on everything from ee cummings to ‘The Shawshank Redemption’. You can read the essay here.

Upcoming Events

Nuala has been head-to-the-desk, busy editing her forthcoming novel about Nora Barnacle for her new editor in New York – more on that to come soon!

In the meantime, you might catch her at one of these upcoming events:

Strangers in a Strange Land event at Bray Literary Festival, with Mary Costello and Oisín Fagan, Sunday 29th Sep at 1pm, Town Hall, Bray. More here.

Trinity College Dublin Literary Society, 6pm, 10th October, GSU Common Room: Reading and interview at Trinity College Literary Society, Dublin: Nuala returns to her alma mater to talk to the students at Lit Soc. about her latest novel, Becoming Belle.

Scotland: In late October Nuala is teaching the short story at Moniack Mhor in Scotland with Welsh writer Cynan Jones. More here. FULLY BOOKED.

Group 8 annual exhibition: LEONARDO 500 opens on 15th October, 6pm, Church Gallery, Ballinasloe Library. Nuala has written a flash fiction in the voice of da Vinci’s iconic Mona Lisa for this annual exhibition.

Spain: In November Nuala travels to Spain as part of EFACIS to teach and read to students in universities at Burgos and Logroño.

Dingle Literary Festival: In late November, Nuala is teaching a flash fiction workshop at Dingle Literary Festival and conducting a public interview with Leeann Lane about Dorothy McArdle. More here.

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.