Granta: A new short story by Caoilinn Hughes

About the author (Granta)

TSS Publishing: “God’s Fingers” by Josie Turner

A new story by multi-award-winning writer Josie Turner

Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2018: “Plunder” by Deirdre Shanahan

From Wasafiri: Deirdre Shanahan’s work was included in ‘The Best of British Short Stories 2017’.  Her novel The Night Breathing is forthcoming from Bluemoose Books.

Belfast Telegraph: “Miss Heidi’s Christmas Angel” by Martin Tyrrell

“She was about to speak when she saw some writing in Heidi’s uncertain hand on the back of a flyer from a double-glazing firm.

Luxembourg – pretty girl, good voice.
Germany – boys, novelty tune.
France – elegant lady, very French”

Belfast Telegraph: Miss Heidi’s Christmas Angel by Martin Tyrrell

An original short story for Christmas by Amy Bloom

This is a hard-edged, at times humorous, tale of filial duty in extremis and “reborn dolls” that provide comfort for patients with dementia. There’s not an iota of sentimentality in it and the characters are deftly drawn.

“Amy Bloom is the award-winning author of four novels, two of which have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, four collections of short stories, a children’s book and an essay collection”

The Queen of Holloway Castle by Katy Darby

In the year of the 100th anniversary of the first voting rights for women in the U.K., a story by Katy Darby about what the Suffragettes went through, centring around two sisters, one inside Holloway prison, pining, and the other in the street outside, nightly, singing their protest songs.

Listowel Writers’ Week Irish poem of the year: Birthday by Brian Kirk

By coincidence, after we setup a page for occasional poetry, one of our past contributors* won a national award for an occasional poem. Link: Read “Birthday” by Brian Kirk, and two other shortlisted poems.

* Brian Kirk’s short story That New Girl was our story of the month for November 2018.