Sarah Gilmartin has a review of The Closet of Savage Mementos in The Irish Times today. And it's a goody. A snippet: 'Earlier work has drawn comparisons to Edna O’Brien. With her ability to get inside a story, and a writing style that is both lyrical and exact, it is easy to see why.' Swoon. Big thanks to Sarah. Read it online here.
I am reading from the novel at the Galway Fringe Festival today: 2pm, The Bridge Mills. Adm.: €5. All welcome!
Saturday, 26 July 2014
Friday, 25 July 2014
You may have noticed that my blog header now includes the anglicised version of my name 'Nuala O'Connor' and that my Twitter account name has changed to Nuala O'Connor too. I will shortly be setting up the Nuala O'Connor Facebook page, as FB makes it difficult to change the name of an existing author page.
The reason behind all of this is a simple one: when my novel Miss Emily comes out next year, it will bear the name Nuala O'Connor, not Nuala Ní Chonchúir. It makes sense. Nobody, and I mean NOBODY, can pronounce my name despite my efforts to cure that ill. Penguin USA and Penguin Canada are publishing Miss Emily and it will be easier for them to market me if my name (or half of it, at least) is pronouncable.
I was christened Nuala O'Connor. But I went to a Gaelscoil (Irish medium school) so from the age of four, I was known as Nuala Ní Chonchúir. It's the name I have been known by for 40 years. But, you know, change is good and it seems this change is going to help sell my book, so I am happy to do it.
I haven't decided yet if the change will be permanent, or if it will be a (very familiar) nom-de-plume/pseudonym. Time will tell. In the meantime, me, myself and I are still Nuala Ní Chonchúir, but the woman who will face the legions of Emily Dickinson fans will be Nuala O'Connor. May she fare well :)
Thursday, 24 July 2014
I have a piece called 'What the Highlands Gave Me' in today's Irish Times Culture section about the genesis of my new novel The Closet of Savage Mementos. The picture with it, of me and the kiddos, is by Joe O'Shaughnessy.
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
This award, for a single short story, is open to authors aged 18 or over (on January 1st 2014) whose primary residence has been the UK or Ireland since 1st November 2011.
No Entry Fee.
Max of 4,000 words.
Previously unpublished stories only.
Closing: 4pm, 1st of August 2014.
One story per author only. No set theme.
Six stories will be shortlisted and these will be posted on the Costa Book Awards website from mid-November 2014 to mid-January 2015. The public will vote for their favourite. (GROAN!)
Prizes: £3,500, £1,500 and £500.
Full competition rules and entry on the website.
|Writer Órfhlaith Foyle|
When: 2pm, Saturday 26th July 2014
Where: Bridge Mills
The Closet of Savage Mementos will be for sale for the special, bargainous price of €10.
Monday, 21 July 2014
|Art in our apartment|
My photos are a mixed bag (Embassy ones are particularly bad) but here are some others for what it is worth.
|Juno at The Belvedere, where we saw Klimt's 'The Kiss'|
|Robert Olen Butler reads at Literaturhaus|
|Lots of horsedrawn carriages on the streets|
|Irish/Scottish writer Dónal McLaughlin reads at the Juridicum, Uni of Vienna|
|View from the Riesenrad|
|Golden statue on a Viennese corner|
|Lots of fun graffiti in beautiful Vienna|
|Juno in hat|
|In our apartment before our farewell party at the Heurigen (wine-tavern)|
|Me, Madeleine Darcy and Shirley Abbott|
|The linked stories panel I was on: me, Lucy Durneen, Kelly Cherry, Adnan Mahmutovic - Robert Luscher behind|
|Juno with Pinocchio|
|Finbar on Stephansplatz|
|Tania Hershman and I, new tattoo comparing|
|Yamm! is the veggie place in Wien. Finbar had vegan frogspawn cake. Or something...|
|My reading-mate I-Wei Wu, our introducer Madeleine Darcy and me|
|At the Irish Embassy waiting to read, with Maurice Lee and a beatific looking Alan McMonagle|
|Ying Tai Chang introduces Billie Travalini|
|Billie Travalini reads|
|Billy O'Callaghan reads at the Irish Embassy|
|Juno running through the very posh Ferstel Arcade|
|The flea market - we went with Tania. The heat was unbearable that day.|
|Free books stalls near our apartment being replenished by a lovely man|
|Pals! Pat Jourdan, me, Billie T and Tania|
|Paul McVeigh introduces Pat Jourdan|
|Jim Grady is alarmed by Wiener Würstchen at the |
|Ailsa Cox & Elizabeth Baines, warming up at the Heurigen|
|Yamm! lunch: Adnan, Vaness Gebbie, Jarred McGinnis, Zoe Gilbert, Tania, Dónal and Juno|
Sunday, 20 July 2014
There are copies of my new novel The Closet of Savage Mementos up for grabs on writing.ie. Click here to enter.
I will be reading from the novel at the Galway Fringe Festival this Saturday 26th July at 2pm, in the Bridge Mills on Bridge Street, Galway City. Entry: €5. See details here.