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How To Build A Space Rocket by Roisín O’Donnell


Gooseen by Nuala O’Connor

Nuala O’ Connor lives in Co. Galway. Her fifth short story collection Joyride to Jupiter was published by New Island in 2017; her story ‘Gooseen’ won the UK ’s 2018 Short Fiction Prize and was published in Granta. Nuala’s fourth novel, Becoming Belle, was published by Little Brown in September 2018.

How To Build A Space Rocket by Roisín O’Donnell

Roisín O’ Donnell’s debut short story collection Wild Quiet was published in 2016 and was shortlisted for the Kate O’ Brien Award and other prestigious prizes. Her stories have been published internationally and feature in The Long Gaze Back and The Glass Shore, both of which won Best Irish-Published Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards.

Pollyfilla by Mia Gallagher

Mia Gallagher was born in Dublin, where she lives and works. Her novels are HellFire (Penguin, 2006), awarded the Irish Tatler Literature Award 2007, and Beautiful Pictures of the Lost Homeland (New Island, 2016) which was longlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Award 2016. Mia has received several Literature Bursaries from the Arts Council of Ireland and has enjoyed the role of writer-in-residence in many different environments. Her award-winning short fiction has appeared widely in journals and anthologies. Mia has also written for the stage and worked as an actor. Shift is her first short-story collection.

Prime by Caoilinn Hughes

Caoilinn Hughes’s debut novel Orchid & the Wasp (Oneworld 2018) is currently shortlisted for the Butler Literary Award. The TLS calls it ‘a remarkable, propulsive debut novel.’ The New Yorker calls it ‘winning … unsparing and ambitious.’ Hughes’s poetry collection Gathering Evidence (Carcanet 2014) won The Irish Times Shine/Strong Award.

The Mother by Deirdre Sullivan

Deirdre Sullivan is a writer and teacher from Galway. Her work has been published in The Dublin Review, Banshee and The Penny Dreadful.

The Woman Who Was Swallowed Up by the Floor and Who Met Lots of Other Women Down There Too by Cecelia Ahern

Cecelia Ahern is one of the biggest selling authors to emerge in the past fifteen years. Her novels have been translated into thirty languages and have sold more than twenty-five million copies in over forty countries. Cecelia lives in Dublin with her family.