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Another Stylish CK Story

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Full title: Foster [a novella]

Creator / Author: Claire Keegan

Item Type / Page count: Book / 89p

When Published: 2010

Publisher / Place of Publication: Faber and Faber Limited / Bloomsbury House, 74-77 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DA United Kingdom.

About: The Oxford English Dictionary defines a novella as “a short novel or a long short story” Following on from two previous collections of short stories that were published to critical acclaim, the author now takes an opportunity to experiment with a slightly longer form. In this work, she relates the story of a young girl who is taken to live with foster parents. Gradually, the girl settles in and becomes very happy with the new situation. However, a dark secret remains to be revealed. ‘Foster’ won the Davy Byrnes Award for 2009. It first appeared in the New Yorker magazine, but this edition presents a revised and expanded version.

ID number(s):  9780571255658

WW Connection #1: The author was born and raised in the border area of Wicklow, Carlow and Wexford.

Extra #1: Opening line: ”Early on a Sunday, after first Mass in Clonegal, my father, instead of taking me home, drives deep into Wexford towards the coast where my mother’s people come from…”

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #2: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

Extra #3: Link to reviews on Goodreads

Extra #4: Link to the original version of this story, courtesy of The New Yorker

Extra #5: Link to the Publisher’s website.

A Prizewinning Debut Collection

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Full title: Antarctica [short stories]

Creator / Author: Claire Keegan

Item Type / Page count: Book / 209p

When Published: 1999

Publisher / Place of Publication: Faber and Faber Limited / 3 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AU United Kingdom.

About: This is the author’s first collection of short stories and one that became the winner of the Rooney Prize for Literature for 2000. This annual prize is awarded for a body of work that the judges consider to have exceptional promise. The stories are set in the deep south of America and in Ireland, reflecting the author’s experience and assimilation of both environments. The stories were re-published as Book 14 in the Irish Independent Irish Women Writers Collection in 2007.

ID number(s):  9780571203468

Contents:  Acknowledgements — Antarctica — Love in the Tall Grass — Where the Water’s Deepest — The Ginger Rogers Sermon – Storms — The Singing Cashier — Burns — Quare Name for a Boy — Ride if You Dare — Men and Women — Sisters — A Scent of Winter — You Can’t Be Too Careful — The Burning Palms — Passport Soup.

WW Connection #1: The author was born and raised in the border area of Wicklow, Carlow and Wexford.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #2: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

Extra #3: A review from Reading Matters

Extra #4: These stories have been translated into, and published in, several foreign languages.

A Classic Collection

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Full title: Walk the blue fields [short stories]

Creator / Author: Claire Keegan

Item Type / Page count: Book / 183p

When Published: 2007

Publisher / Place of Publication: Faber and Faber Limited / 3 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AU United Kingdom.

About: This is the author’s second collection of short stories and one that has received outstanding critical acclaim, including being chosen as the winner of the Edge Hill Prize for the Short Story 2008. The judges commented: “Her mastery of language and her full-blooded and flowing narratives impress on the reader a certain bleak and tender vision, which has much in common with that of the great Irish writer John McGahern. Yet it is distinctive, personal and modern. Her stories stand at the strong point where myth and reality intersect.”

The availability of certain stories and the order in which they appear differ depending on the edition.

ID number(s):  9780571233069 / 9780571233076 / 9780802170491

Contents: The long and painful death – The parting gift — Walk the blue fields — Dark horses — The forester’s daughter – Close to the water’s edge — Surrender — Night of the quicken trees.

WW Connection #1: The author was born and raised in the border area of Wicklow, Carlow and Wexford.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #2: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

Extra #3: A review from the Dublin Review of Books

Extra #4: These stories have also been published in the USA and translated into several languages.

Second Helpings from Patrick Semple

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Full title: Another Slice: a second collection of short stories.

Creator / Author: Patrick Semple

Item Type / Page count: Book / 209p

When Published: 2014

Publisher / Place of Publication: Code Green Publishing / 28 Charles Street, Coventry, Warwickshire, CV7 8GL, United Kingdom.

About: A new set of twenty-two short stories from this prolific author. The collection is hot from the presses and was launched on September 10th last. The stories have a great feeling of authenticity and, although fictitious, there is the suspicion that the events described might just have happened. This book is printed on demand and can be ordered online or via bookshops.

ID number(s): 9781907215247

Contents: John – The Brothers – Mothers – Bill’s Wife – The Lodger – Danny and Dec – Paddy and the Ma – Davy — Ned and the Prince — Home – The Secretary – Next Door – The Engagement – Christmas – The Transfer – Aggie – The Gate Lodge – Return Journey – Doc – Pat the Hat – The Reunion – The Survivor – About the Author.

WW Connection #1: The author was one time rector of Donaghmore and Donard Parish.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #2: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

Extra #3: Read the first story in this book via the Publisher’s Website

Extra #4: Link to the Author’s website: http://www.patricksemple.ie/index.php

Extra #5: Link to the Author’s blog: http://patricksemple.ie/wp

Extra #6: The stories ‘Home’ and ‘Doc’ were previously broadcast on RTE Radio 1

Hat-Tip: To the author, Patrick Semple, for making us aware of this publication and for making the book available for viewing prior to listing on this blog.

A Tinahely Debutante Writer

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Full title: The Locket: coincidence or divine intervention? [Short story]

Creator / Author: Ita Roche

Item Type / Page count: Short story / 29p

When Published: 2007

Publisher / Place of Publication: Poolbeg Press Ltd., / 123 Grange Hill, Baldoyle, Dublin 13.

Parent Publication [book]: Do the write thing: 14 winning stories by Ireland’s newest writers / 311pp

About: This short story appears in the book featuring the winners  of the ‘Do the write thing’ short story competition in association with the RTÉ television programme ‘Seoige & O’Shea’.  The story was inspired by the loss of the author’s son some 11 years earlier.

ID number(s): 9781842233023

WW Connection #1: The author is from Whiterock, Tinahely in West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Opening line: “It is the 19th of August 1996 and a scorching hot summer’s evening, 4.30 p.m. to be precise. There is hardly a cloud in the sky”.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #3: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

Extra #4: Link to the Publisher’s website.

A Bygone Christmas Gift From Hollywood

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Full title: Ballymore Eustace and Hollywood Chronicle

Creator / Author: Maurice Browne P.P (editor) & contributors.

Item Type / Page count: Journal (Complete issue) / 103p

When Published: Christmas 1972

Publisher / Place of Publication: [Parish of Ballymore Eustace and Hollywood] / [Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare].

About: This is the second issue of the parish magazine, produced some twenty years after the inaugural issue. The driving force behind both was Rev. Fr. Maurice Browne, P.P. of the parish. Fr. Browne also authored several books and other items under the pen name of ‘Joseph Brady’. This issue gathers together articles of contemporary and historical interest. It is not certain if any further issues were ever published.

ID number(s): None

Contents: Cover photograph: The bridge over the Liffey at Ballymore Eustace — Frontispiece: Adoration of the Magi [photograph of a painting from the Beit Collection] – Foreword / Maurice Browne P.P. — Fords and bridges over the River Liffey [extract] / Archdeacon Sherlock — Commentary on extract from ‘Fords and bridges over the River Liffey’  — Parish Priest comes of age / Maurice Browne P.P. – I remember Ballymore / Captain Spencer Freeman — The Beit Collection of pictures [extract from the Beit Collection] / F. J. B. Watson — Eight years hard in a Dublin Pawn-office / Tom Whittle — Six months for potheen [short story] / Paddy Wolfe , told to him by Capt. John Walshe –Through Bible lands / Mick McDonald — From Bluebell to Hollywood / Thomas Kearney C.C. — Hollywood [poem] / Bill Evans — The station in the mountain: Turlough Hill — The Liffey Water Supply / Gus Murphy — Pages from diary of a pilgrimage to The Holy Land / Joseph Brady — Ardenode Stud / Margaret Mullion — Footnote to ‘Ardenode Stud’/ Maurice Browne P.P. – Paroiste Bhailemor na nIustasach / P. Ó Brosnacháin – The new curriculum / Michael Conway – Work in progress in the infant school / Patricia Kennealy – Picnic abhi againn [duais aiste] / Bríd Ní Chuillin – The Ghost [prize poem] / George Murphy – Prize essays Ballymore School, Senior Class – Punchestown races [prize essay] /  Matthew Dooley – When I grow up [prize essay] / Martina Nolan – Through the eyes of a child: visit of the Archbishop to Ballymore school – Ballymore Eustace I.C.A. / Mary Connolly – St. Vincent de Paul Society Ballymore Eustace – Corpus Christi procession at Ballymore Eustace [photo essay] – Paddy Kerr’s beagles / Louise Kerr – The Poulaphooca hare [poem] / Sean Mackey – Ballymore Handball Club / Matt Purcell – Boxing in Ballymore Eustace / Bill Evans – The Badminton Club / Claire Doyle – “Fairway to success” / Pauline Daly – The judgment of Ballymore [poem extract] / Dick Hynes and Anon – The imaginary menagerie.

Extra #1: Contains several black & white photographs throughout the text.

Extra #2: Contains several period advertisements from local businesses.

Extra #3: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #4: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide

Donard as Community Exemplar

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Full title: Stone on the Pier: Green Memoirs and Stories from Donard 2008

Creator / Author: Compiled and edited by Pauline Devine

Item Type / Page count: Book / 94p

When Published: 2008

Publisher / Place of Publication: Donard, Co. Wicklow / Donard I.C.A. Co-ordinated Intergenerational Project.

About: This book  is the fruit of a project which began in 2005. It comprised three strands. Firstly, members of Donard I.C.A. and their friends wrote stories. Secondly, writer-in-residence, Pauline Devine interviewed and recorded the memoirs of senior citizens of the area. Lastly, the pupils of the local school engaged in local activities and wrote about their experiences under the supervision of their teachers. The themes of community and sustainability are strongly reflected in the pieces that appear in this book which was accompanied by project exhibitions held locally.

ID number(s): None

Chapters: Foreword — Introduction — Contributors — Stone on the pier / Bridie Tyrrell — Neighbours / Mary Manley — Making music in hard times / Tommy Whittle — Local food from farm and river / Lily Allen — Earwigs in the house / Claire Walsh — Football in Donard – the glory years / Jack Flynn — Girl on a farm / Jude Kearney — ‘The old people had Gaelic’ / Bill Cullen — School, work and play in Coolamadra / Kit Walshe — The windy road to school / Bridget Whittle — Slow cooking / Lil Dwyer — Adventures in the open air / Jimmy Moore — Wholesome times / Margaret Fielder — Brown paper schoolbook covers / Maureen Quigley — Body clocks in time with the seasons / Nora Whelan — My first day at school / Mary Stynes — Granny’s Hat / Josephine Ryan — Children’s corner: stories and responses — The Irish Countrywomen’s Association in Donard / Maureen Quigley — List of sponsors.

Extra #1: includes several colour photographs of the contributors and historical black & white pictures of the locality.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

 

The Write Stuff From Carnew

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Full title: A light in the room: Carnew writers

Creator / Author: Seamus O’Connor (Co-ordinator) & contributors

Item Type / Page count: Book / 42p

When Published: 1994

Publisher / Place of Publication: Carnew Writers’ Group? / Carnew, Co. Wicklow

About: A collection of short stories, articles, essays and poems written by members of a creative writing group that originated from evening classes in the local Colaiste Bhride school in Carnew.

ID number(s): None

Chapters: Editorial / Seamus O’Connor — Fantasy flight / S. E. Behan  – A narrow squeak / Richard Barton — Therese / Kay Keating Cullen  — To Tomacork / Pat Doyle — Burial at Doolin / Elizabeth Rawson  — The black valley / Marcella Byrne  — Appreciation / E. J. Twamley  — Auntie’s wedding cake / Kathleen Donegan — Heartache / Annie Molloy — Happiness / Annie Molloy — Speed to the plough / E. J. Twamley — Ink dots / Breda Murphy — The Flood / Breda Murphy — Children’s story / E. J. Twamley — B-17 Boeing Flying Fortress / Adrian McLaughlin — Man / Claire Molloy — A girls head / Marcus Fox — Family / Noeleen Doyle — Timothy / Kathleen Donegan — The wind / Sylvia Behan — Gloria / Kay Keating Cullen  — Snow / Jennifer Hannan — Apart / Marcella Byrne — A flower / John Earley — Living in Liverpool / E. J. Twamley — Spring garden / Jane Austin — Autumn leaves / Marcella Byrne — A child’s logic / Sylvia Behan — Pests / Richard Barton — Hello / Kathleen Donegan — The field / S. E. Behan  – Mystery /Annie Molloy — In the shadow of the fire / Matthew Behan — Notes on contributors.

WW Connection #1: Apart from the local Carnew area, the book also includes the contributions of writers from Ballinastraw, Shillelagh, Tinahely and Coolafancy in West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #2: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

Country Diary of a Dunlavin Lady

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Full title: Monica Carr’s Country Diary

Creator / Author: Monica Carr

Item Type / Page count: Book / 142p

When Published: 1997

Publisher / Place of Publication: Cork Publishing Ltd. / 19 Rutland Street, Cork

About: Monica Carr wrote a popular column in the ‘Farming Independent’ in Ireland. This book is a compilation of some of those ‘Country Diary’ columns which evoke memories of a simple and less mechanised farming culture.

ID number(s): 1860769551

Chapters:  Mean, hungry January — Sound the horn! — Boiling the bones — Walk on, walk on — Winds of change — Another age — Candlemas lore — Séan’s dilemma — Rooks build in Spring — Animal welfare — Going out like a lion — Dogs in the kitchen — Cycling in April — Polishing and superstition — Holy Week — Good Friday — Water everywhere — April hurries away — Family woes — The Spring Show — Glorious May — Summer blooming — On the treadmill — Joys of June — Sick friends — That sinking feeling — Picnic time — The scythe was king — Loneliness — A feast of colour — Home from America — Great inventions — Sunshine habits — Mushrooms — Season of fruit trees — Harvest of the binder — Accidents — Blossoming forth — A four-legged pest — Counting the pennies — Tremendous shock — Down from Dublin — A little rain — Autumn scents — Grandfather’s penknife — Salty bacon — Bulls and wrens — Martha’s passing — Plucking the turkey — Christmas Eve — December 31.

WW Connection #1: Monica Carr is the pseudonym of Mary Norton, who was born in Dunlavin in 1922.

Extra #1: includes some decorative illustrations.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #3: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

22 Stories From the Hills

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Full title: Among the Wicklow Hills

Creator / Author: Nicholas Byrne

Item Type / Page count: Book / 406p

When Published: 2007

Publisher / Place of Publication: Original Writing / Dublin

About: A collection of short stories capturing the lives of ordinary people in West Wicklow.

ID number(s): 1906018308 / 9781906018306

Contents: The Doctor’s Dilemma — The Curse of Black Hazel — The Skull — The Good Samaritan — The Jaycloth — The Square Box — The Dream — The Counsellor — The Undertaker — The Fugitive of Avoca — The Rising — The Mission — The Spalpeen — The Village School — Terry, the Village Urchin — Waiting for the Call — The Road Overseer — Ned’s Romance — A Fall from Grace — Pete the Farmer — A Reprieve for Old Dan — The Culchies.

WW Connection #1: Stories set in the Wicklow Hills

WW Connection #2: The author was born in Tinahely, Co. Wicklow

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #2: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

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