Galway Stories edited by Alan McMonalgle & Lisa Frank

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GALWAY STORIES: 2020 / EDITED BY ALAN MCMONAGLE & LISA FRANK




This anthology is a joy to read — stories that are tender, moving, disturbing. Surreal and elemental, too. Men and women traversing landscapes, inner and outer. Characters criss-crossing the city at night — accidental psycho-geographers mapping the soul of the city. Everyone, always, on the perpetual quest for home.

— Mary Costello, author of The River Capture






2020 / 288 pages / €15
ISBN: 978-1-907682-73-5
Cover art: Róisín Flaherty


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Galway Stories: 2020

Galway Stories: 2020

Edited by Alan McMonagle & Lisa Frank





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ALAN MCMONAGLE is a writer based in Galway, Ireland. In 2015, he signed a two-book deal with Picador, and his debut novel, Ithaca, was published in March, 2017 and nominated for the Desmond Elliott Award for first novels, a Bord Gáis Irish Book Award and the Dublin Literary Award. He has received awards for his work from the Professional Artists’ Retreat in Yaddo (New York), the Fundación Valparaiso (Spain), the Banff Centre for Creativity (Canada) and the Arts Council of Ireland. He has published two collections of short stories, Psychotic Episodes (Arlen House, 2013) and Liar Liar (Wordsonthestreet, 2008), both of which were nominated for the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award. His stories have appeared in many journals in Ireland and North America, and he has read from his work at many festivals at home and abroad. He also writes for radio and three radio plays (Oscar Night, People Walking on Water and more recently, Shirley Temple Killer Queen) have been produced and broadcast as part of RTE’s Drama on One season. His second novel, Laura Cassidy’s Walk of Fame, is due from Picador in March, 2020.

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LISA FRANK was born and raised in Los Angeles but lived in the Pacific Northwest for several years before moving to Ireland in 2007. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University and has published fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and screenplays. She has taught Creative Writing in a variety of settings and worked as a freelance editor for many years. In both 2015 and 2020 she was joint winner of the Irish Writers’ Centre Novel Fair and in 2016 she won second place in the Francis McManus Competition. She is also co-director of Doire Press.


About Galway Stories: 2020

Galway Stories: 2020, co-funded by the Arts Council and Galway 2020, is a collection of short fiction set throughout the neighbourhoods of the city and county, by writers who live, have lived, or who have a strong connection to Galway. In reading these stories you will be taken on a tour of the neighbourhoods, getting to know them through the words of the writers and the eyes of their characters. From the perfume counter at a chemist’s shop in Ballinasloe to the silver line separating the sea from the sky at Silver Strand Beach in Barna; from a barstool at Mick Taylor’s Pub in the city centre to the steps leading away from the pier where the ferryboats dock on Inisbofin. Some of the stories present vivid portraits of the neighbourhoods using specific landmarks and detail; others capture the spirit of the neighbourhoods and its people. Together the stories celebrate Galway and the people who live there.

Writers featured in
Galway Stories: 2020 include: Celeste Augé, Niamh Boyce, Alan Caden, Aoife Casby, June Caldwell, Danny Denton, Elaine Feeney, Órla Foyle, Caoilinn Hughes, James Martyn Joyce, Hugo Kelly, Siobhán Mannion, Una Mannion, Aoibheann McCann, Patrick McCabe, Geraldine Mills, Nuala O’Connor, Micheál Ó Conghaile, Elizabeth Reapy and Moya Roddy.

The anthology also features photos and background information on each neighbourhood, as well as local listings and a map displaying where each of the stories takes place.

Photos and cover art by R
óisín Flaherty; neighbourhood background information by Tom Kenny; and icons and map by Tríona Walsh.