My guest editing stint for John Lavin’s excellent lit mag The Lonely Crowd is keeping me busy. It’s a short window for submissions.
Submission call details here.
A heartening endorsement of my upcoming collection of short stories on ShortStopsUK from my editor John Lavin.
It’s been a busy month at The Lonely Crowd with the announcement of Issue Five, our largest anthology to date, alongside the news that our publishing wing will release its first full length books in spring, 2017: The Beautiful Rooms by Valerie Sirr and Ergasyby Chris Cornwell.
Of the two books, Editor John Lavin said: ‘I’m delighted to tell you that The Lonely Press will publish two new titles in the spring of 2017. The first is quite simply a classic short story collection – The Beautiful Rooms by Valerie Sirr. When we first started last year, we set out to be the ‘New Home of the Short Story’ and I can hardly believe our luck that we are able to publish the debut collection of such a talented, award-winning short story writer as our first book. The collection is psychologically complex, emotionally uncompromising and…
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I’m thrilled to announce that my debut short story collection The Beautiful Rooms will be published by The Lonely Press in Spring 2017.
My thanks to editor, John Lavin, and his partner, Michou Burckett St Laurent, for their support and enthusiasm. They shared this voice recording of one of my stories ‘Made You Look’ on social media the other day and we were all delighted with the response. Thanks to everybody who liked and shared!
The image below accompanied an essay I recently wrote about ‘Made You Look’. It’s the artist J. K. Matthews’ representation of ‘Gemma’ the teenage protagonist of the story.
My piece on Mexican writer Paulette Jonguitud’s novel Mildew is included in Wales Arts Review, Highlights of 2015. Lots of brilliant cultural highlights here chosen by Robert Minhinnick, Gee Williams, Mark Blayney, Gary Raymond, Jemma Beggs, Shauna Gilligan, Bethany W. Pope, Tom Vowler.
Happy to have some fiction of mine published in Welsh literary magazine, The Lonely Crowd. My thanks to editor, John Lavin, for including my work in such a great line-up:
The first print issue of the The Lonely Crowd will be published this April and is now available to pre-order from the online store. Edited by Wales Arts Review’s Fiction Editor, John Lavin, it features new short fiction & poetry from Alison Moore, Medbh McGuckian, Stevie Davies, Anna Metcalfe, Tom Vowler, Valerie Sirr, Jo Mazelis, Gary Raymond, Nigel Jarrett, Caitlin Thomson, Dan Coxon, Armel Dagorn, Carole Burns, Jamie Guiney, Bethany W Pope, Liam Cagney, Gregory Norminton, Kathy Miles, Steph Power, Rachel J Fenton, Rosalind Hudis, Patrick Holloway, Frederick Pollack & Clodagh O’Brien. There is also photography from Jo Mazelis & artwork from Constantinos Andronis.
My creative writing night classes start again on Wednesday, January 21, at People’s College, Parnell Square, at 6.15pm. Classes run for an hour and a half every Wednesday.
Gallery of rogues from a previous year pictured above! Contact details for People’s College: 31, Parnell Square, Dublin 1. Tel: 8735879, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Course description and online booking available here.
I’m also giving a creative writing class for City of Dublin ETB at Crumlin College of Further Education beginning in the next few weeks. Registration takes place by contacting or calling in to the college, rather than online, and a few people are already signed up by phone or by dropping in. If you’re a beginner or if you’ve already done some writing, you’re welcome to come along. Class begins at 6.45pm and ends at 8.15pm.
Contact details for Crumlin College: Crumlin College, Crumlin Road, Dublin 12 Tel: 01 454 0662.
I’ll be announcing details soon of other workshops I’m giving.
I look forward to seeing some new faces as well the familiar ones. Some of my students’ successes can be found here. Hover on ‘mentoring’ tab for my references etc. Several students have won City Of Dublin ETB Creative Writing Awards, run annually for CDETB colleges across Dublin. And students from both Crumlin College and People’s College have gone on to win prestigious writing awards outside of the colleges.