Colin Barrett and Wendy Erskine take us from the hinterlands of Mayo, to the neighbourhoods of East Belfast, and much stranger places besides. Meticulous observers of the absurd, chroniclers of outcasts and misfits and how they collide, these are two short story artists at the top of their game.
Colin Barrett’s debut book Young Skins won The Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, The Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize, The Guardian First First Book Award and was a National Book Foundation ”5 under 35”. He grew up in County Mayo and his first novel is forthcoming from Jonathan Cape. Homesickness is his latest collection of stories.
Wendy Erskine lives in Belfast. Her fiction and non-fiction have been published by Repeater, Dostoyevsky Wannabe, Faber & Faber, Tangerine Press, No Alibis Press and Rough Trade Books. Sweet Home, her first collection of stories, was shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize and the Republic of Consciousness Prize. Dance Move is her most recent book.