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On September 10th, New Island Books will publish The Long Gaze Back: an Anthology of Irish Women Writerswhich I’ve been working on as editor since late 2013. The anthology of 30 short stories features eight classic and 22 living Irish women writers. All work by the living writers is new and previously unpublished. Publication date is September 10th and you can pre-order the book. The title comes from a line in The Visitor by Maeve Brennan, whose story ‘The Eldest Child’ in included in the collection.

I’ll be posting about upcoming panel events involving the book too but for more information or PR, contact Mariel Deegan in New Island.

Here’s the book blurb and the full list of writers and stories:

“The Long Gaze Back, edited by Sinéad Gleeson, is an exhilarating anthology of thirty short stories by some of the most gifted women writers this island has ever produced.

Taken together, the collected works of these writers reveal an enrapturing, unnerving, and piercingly beautiful mosaic of a lively literary landscape. Spanning four centuries, The Long Gaze Back features 8 rare stories from deceased luminaries and forerunners, and 22 new unpublished stories by some of the most talented Irish women writers working today. The anthology presents an inclusive and celebratory portrait of the high calibre of contemporary literature in Ireland.

These stories run the gamut from heartbreaking to humorous, but each leaves a lasting impression. They chart the passions, obligations, trials and tribulations of a variety of vividly-drawn characters with unflinching honesty and relentless compassion. These are stories to savour.

Contributors and stories:

Maria Edgeworth The Purple Jar

Charlotte Riddell Frank’s Resolve

Somerville & Ross Poisson d’Avril

Kate O’Brien A Bus from Tivoli

Norah Hoult When Miss Coles Made The Tea

Elizabeth Bowen The Demon Lover

Mary Lavin In the Middle of the Fields

Maeve Brennan The Eldest Child

Anne Devlin Winter Journey (The Apparitions)

Evelyn Conlon The Meaning of Missing

Éilís Ní Dhuibhne The Coast of Wales

Lia Mills The Crossing

Christine Dwyer Hickey The Cat and the Mouse

Anne Enright Three Stories About Love

Susan Stairs As Seen From Space

Mary Costello My Little Pyromaniac

Molly McCloskey Frogs

Bernie McGill A Fuss

June Caldwell SOMAT

Nuala Ní Chonchúir Shut Your Mouth, Hélène

Niamh Boyce I’ll Take You There

Anakana Schofield Beneath the Taps: A Testimonial

Siobhán Mannion Somewhere To Be

Eimear McBride Through the Wall

Belinda McKeon Long Distance

Lucy Caldwell Multitudes

Lisa McInerney Berghain

Roisín O’Donnell Infinite Landscapes

E.M. Reapy Gustavo

Eimear Ryan Lane In Stay

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