On September 10th, New Island Books will publish The Long Gaze Back: an Anthology of Irish Women Writers, which 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 All work by the living writers is new and previously unpublished.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four centuries, The Long Gaze Back features 8 rare stories from deceased luminaries and forerunners, and 22 new unpublished stories by some of the most talented Irish women writers working today.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