Splonk 4 is now live. Click here!
I’m doing a book giveaway over on my insta. One signed copy of *birdie* is up for grabs. This is an international giveaway. Go here to enter.
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.
Arlen House has produced a limited, hard-copy edition of birdie which can be bought from Kennys, Galway (Kennys now has signed copies!); Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop Galway; Hodges Figgis; The Reading Room in Leitrim; Forever Amber in Meath; Waterstones Cork; Dubrays; and O’Mahonys. Your local shop will order.
Reviewers: please contact Alan Hayes at Arlen House.
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.
I have a new flash fiction, ‘Blue’, at Cease, Cows magazine today.
You can read it here.
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.
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.
Nuala is taking part in a number of events at the third annual Flash Fiction Festival in Bristol, England, this weekend. The festival begins on Friday the 28th June 2019.
Nuala will teach a workshop on Historical Flash Fiction; take part in a panel discussion on International Flash; and read at the BIFFY event.
The festival is always a lively one, packed with workshops, panels and readings. Check it out here.
Nuala is the editor of brand new flash fiction e-zine Splonk, which opens for subs on the 1st March. See more at the Splonk site here.
Nuala is facilitating a flash fiction workshop at Kanturk Arts Festival in Cork on the 16th March from 10am to 1pm in the Trades Union Hall, Kanturk. Cost: €25. To book contact Mary on 087 6406705.
Nuala has won the 2018 Short Fiction Prize with a story about Nora Barnacle, wife and muse to James Joyce.
Judge Ríona Judge McCormack said the follow of Nuala’s winning story ‘Gooseen’:
“The winning entry, ‘Gooseen’, stood out for its freshness, its stunning use of language, and its warm, beating humanity. Joycean Dublin as a setting can be a risky endeavour, the path having been so well-travelled already, but this story rises easily above such comparisons to bring us something new and satisfyingly urgent. There is a finely-balanced weighting here between the raunchy, delicious beginnings of a love affair and the more poignant aspects of Nora’s inner life. Giving voice to someone known only through the letters and writings of another is an audacious undertaking, but one ‘Gooseen’ achieves with both a dancing lyricism and a deftly-executed sureness of touch”.