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.
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”.
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
“…raw, beautiful and compelling, a ‘must read’.”
Deirdre Conroy in The Sunday Independent
“…her finest novel yet.”
The Sunday Times
“Compelling and deeply accomplished, The Closet of Savage Mementos is the product of a powerful literary talent.”
The Evening Echo
“It is difficult to write sex well, but Ní Chonchúir manages to strike a delicate balance between passion and poetry.”
The Sunday Business Post
“…this engaging book…this most readable novel.”
Nuala Ní Chonchúir’s characters and their relationships have about them that most precious and elusive quality: the ring of truth.’