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Recent Articles

New book forthcoming from Picador

I'm delighted and honoured to say that I have some news: my debut book will be published in early 2019 by Picador Books (the literary fiction imprint of PanMacMillan). Some info, including a link to more details.  Picador will be publishing an essay collection by...

Essay for Granta: ‘Second Mother’

They say it started with blackouts. Falling like a felled tree in unforested places. Several times, outside the strip of shops she lives near. The locals all know her, so whenever it happens, they run to my brother’s house and hammer at his door. ‘She’s had a fall.’...

Review: The White Book by Han Kang

"Now I will give you white things, What is white, though may yet be sullied; Only white things will I give.” These lines, one of the rare eruptions of poetry in Han Kang’s studied and astonishing novel, set out the author’s intentions: she wishes to speak to us of a...

Essay in Gorse Issue 8

The latest issue of Gorse (No. 8, April 2017) is themed around the body. I've contributed an essay. 'Your Chroma' about the colour red and the body, art, fairytales, surgery, Frida Kahlo, saints, William Gass and er, the video for Robert Palmer's 'Addicted to Love'....

Belfast and Dublin launches of The Glass Shore

Last Monday, October 3rd in Belfast, amid the gorgeous white-walled surroundings of the Ulster Museum, we launched The Glass Shore: Short Stories by Women from the North of Ireland. The formidable David Torrens of No Alibis helped organise the event, which included...

New essay for Granta: Blue Hills and Chalk Bones

I wrote an essay for Granta about women's bodies, illness, shame, religion and a trip to Lourdes. The opening section is below and you can read the piece in full here: The Bullet Catch The body is an afterthought. We don’t stop to think of how the heart is beating its...

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