Nuala recently won The James Joyce Quarterly fiction contest, which asked writers to submit their own version of the short story ‘Ulysses’ that Joyce had considered adding to his collection Dubliners. The journal interviews Nuala about her story, and her connection to Joyce, today. (The story is not available online, only in the hard copy journal which can be bought here). See the interview here.
Congrats to fellow longlistees for writing.ie Short Story of the Year at the #apibas:
Monday 23rd, Cabra Library, 6.30pm: The Long Gaze Back One City One Book event with Eimear Ryan, Susan Stairs and Sinéad Gleeson.
CÚIRT FESTIVAL, GALWAY
Tuesday 24th, Town Hall Theatre, Galway. Reading my flash ‘Pearl’ at the launch of ROPES.
Wednesday 25th, Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop. Launching three new Salmon poetry collections by the fabulous trio that are Moya Roddy, Paul Kingsnorth and Anne Casey.
Thursday 26th, Bite Club, Galway. Reading from my story ‘The Boy from Petropólis’ at the launch of the brand new Stinging Fly anthology.
“O’Connor’s language is clean and conscientious as well as poetic and lyrical, evident in the abstraction of “Yellow”. The collection exudes a quiet confidence and exercises the exemplary restraint of a seasoned writer who knows when to pull rather than push.”
Louisa Carroll The Sunday Times – 04-June-2017
“This blending of wry, caustic irreverence and meditative poignancy is central to the success of O’Connor’s storytelling. The mix is just right…”
Houman Barekat Irish Times – 10-June-2017
“Like a volume of rich poetry, this collection begs to be returned to again and again.”
Anne Cunningham Sunday Independent – 18-June-2017
Evening Echo – 23-June-2017
‘…the prose is measured and graceful, rich with delectable turns of phrase and vivid descriptions that seem to paralyse time… Over the past decade, Miss Ní Chonchúir has proven herself a prolific and diverse talent.’
Billy O’Callaghan, The Irish Examiner
‘…Ní Chonchúir, like Frida Kahlo, documents female lives in ripe, uncompromising detail. I was also reminded of Edna O’Brien to whose groundbreaking work most Irish women writers owe a debt. Ní Chonchúir’s precisely made but deliciously sensual stories mark her as a carrier of the flame.’
Cathy Dillon, The Irish Times
‘…Ní Chonchúir…immediately arrests the reader’s attention with jolting declarations, oddities and intriguingly out-of-place ideas…A short, satisfying read, Mother America offers shards of humour and solace in a collection primarily concerned with the complexities of love…in the difficult task of writing about sex, the author shows particular flair.’
Eithne Shortall, The Sunday Times
“The themes of loneliness and consolation re-emerge in many of the stories in Mother America, none more so than ‘When the Hearse Goes By’, a powerful examination of grief and succour…This collection is a neat and rigorous examination of character, and while it may not be as overwhelmingly groundbreaking as Mansfield or O’Connor, the detail and skill evident in each story merits as much acclaim.”
“The stories in Mother America, a brand-new collection of writing from one of Ireland’s young stars, are emotionally, locationally, and temporally diverse, and Ní Chonchúir’s prose is both simple to read and beautiful to contemplate.”
Alone at the Microphone
“The descriptions in these stories are rounded, lush and womanly. Flowers, sex in Paris, betrayal in Frida Kahlo’s life, the promises of children and the remains of such promises drop as dead as leverets from the split bellies of pregnant hares.
Ní Chonchúir’s stories … delineate the truth – that wishes for happy endings lead to fragile and transparent fates through which the past creeps back to take root.”
Author of SOMEWHERE IN MINNESOTA