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Review: Being Various: New Irish Short Stories Edited by Lucy Caldwell
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Its publication spurred many conversations about whose stories are missing, not just from the literary pantheon, but our quotidian lives. It was at a panel discussion for The Long Gaze Back in Belfast that the four Northern women panellists remarked in incredulity how rare it was to share a stage, and agreed we needed our own anthology, and The Glass Shore: Short Stories by Women Writers from the North of Ireland was born.

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A good anthology becomes more than the sum of its parts. The stories talk to each other: augment and contradict each other. As the editor, you try to curate the contents in ways that will allow for such conversations to occur. David Marcus saw the energy of his Faber series as coming from the juxtaposition of brand-new writers alongside established and lauded names, so that was my first guiding principle.

My second was to focus on writers who began to publish after the Good Friday Agreement. It changed everything for my generation, and for the North, allowing us, for the first time, a plurality of identity; opening the way both practically and psychologically for a new sort of Irish identity. This seemed entirely in keeping with the Marcus spirit.

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Featuring brand new short stories from Kevin Barry, Eimear McBride, Belinda McKeon, Lisa McInerney, Danielle McLaughlin, Stuart Neville, Sally Rooney, Kit de Waal and many more. Following her own acclaimed short-story collection, Multitudes, Lucy Caldwell guest-edits the sixth. Kevin Barry, Nicole Flattery, Peter Murphy, Sinead Gleeson, Eimear McBride and Sally Rooney number among the 24 short story-writers represented in Being Various, the engaging anthology edited by Lucy Caldwell. Yan Ge has a companionably beguiling way of positing a premise or.

The final rule was that all work had to be brand new. That meant I commissioned writers, rather than selecting from stories already written, so I had little control over subject matter. But I knew from the start that I wanted a good representation of female writers, and writers from the North, and perhaps most importantly of all, of writers who might be Irish by dint of parentage or residence rather than birth. I wanted, also, representatives of the sort of writing that's all too often excluded from self-styled "literary" anthologies.

Young Adult fiction is the place where some of the thorniest questions about feminism and bodily autonomy are being addressed, and where the frankest discussions about gender and sexuality take place. The importance of the crime-writing scene in the North, and the way it has confronted the political violence of the past, especially in the absence of a formal Truth and Reconciliation Commission, has long been under, if not unacknowledged. It seemed crucial, too, at a time of rising right-wing rhetoric, when the mainstream media seems evermore intent on normalising the ugliest types of nationalist and neo-fascist sentiment, to make a gesture of openness.

It's also a provocation: it asks, just as many of its individual stories do, again and again, questions about contemporary Irishness which cannot be answered, only further complicated. I pass on the torch.

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Existing in self-imposed exile back on the family estate in the Irish countryside, Luke has turned his back on bright lights and big city, not to mention The sixth volume of Faber's Irish short-story series contains work Lisa McInerney, Sally Rooney and Eimear McBride A good anthology becomes more than the sum of its parts, writes Lucy Caldwell, the editor of the sixth volume of Faber's long-running Irish short-story series 'The word anthology, first used in , comes from the Greek word for flower, "anthos", and "logia", meaning to gather'.

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Sep 23, Ellis rated it liked it. She returns home after being given a pardon, allowing her safe passage, to put her father in the ground. Leave this field empty. Anthologies, and the short story as a form, are not easy. I pass on the torch. Products specifications.

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I wanted to capture something of the energy of this explosion, in all its variousness Following her own acclaimed short-story collection, Multitudes, Lucy Caldwell guest-edits the sixth volume of Faber's long-running series of all new Irish short stories, continuing the work of the late David Marcus and subsequent guest editors, Joseph O'Connor, Kevin Barry and Deirdre Madden. Added to basket. The Complete Short Stories. Roald Dahl. Joyce James.

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