Cork Words 2 anthology

Just a quick post to say how chuffed I am to be included in a new anthology of work showcasing Cork writers. Cork Words 2 is edited by Patricia Looney, on behalf of Cork City Libraries, and was published this week. It contains poetry, prose and non-fiction contributions by fifty writers including such talents as Lisa McInerney, Danny Denton, Laura McKenna, Tadhg Coakley, Conal Creedon and Victoria Kennefick.

Previously published work was permitted, so I contributed my story A Simple Loss of Balance. This was previously Highly Commended for the Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award in 2017, and subsequently published in The Nottingham Review literary journal. Sadly that journal is no more, so I was grateful for the opportunity to place it again.

It’s a beautiful volume, with wonderful attention to detail throughout – the designer has really thought about tiny, clever touches for each piece. As a former editor, this kind of thing pleases me greatly!

Huge thanks to Cork City Libraries, which does so much to support and encourage emerging writers. And thanks in particular to Patricia for including me in this roll-call of writers whose work I admire. I’m delighted and honoured to be among them.

If you are a writer in the Cork area, do keep an eye out for the next submission call next year as it’s hoped this will be an annual event. The full contributor’s list to this year’s anthology is below:

Cork Words 2 is available to buy from Waterstones Cork or Cork City Library, €15. Might I cheekily suggest it would make an excellent Christmas present?


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