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The Glass Shore: Short Stories by Women Writers from the North of Ireland

The Glass Shore: Short Stories by Women Writers from the North of Ireland
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'The past, present and future of the genre will be in its pages, and we will all be the richer for it.' - Dr Caroline Magennis, The Irish Times

Last year saw the publication of The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers, edited by Sinéad Gleeson. The Long Gaze Back was widely acclaimed and went on to win Best Irish-Published Book of the Year 2015 at the Irish Book Awards. More importantly, it sparked lively discussion and debate about the erasure of women writers from the literary canon. One question kept arising: where was the equivalent anthology for women writers from the north?

The Glass Shore, compiled by award-winning editor, broadcaster and critic Sinéad Gleeson, provides an intimate and illuminating insight into a previously underappreciated literary canon.

Twenty-five female luminaries — whose lives and works cover three centuries — capture experiences that are both vivid and varied, despite their shared geographical heritage. Unavoidably affected by a difficult political past, this challenging landscape is navigated by characters who are searingly honest, humorous and, at times, heartbreakingly poignant. The result is a collection that is enthralling, stirring and quietly disconcerting.

Individually, these intriguing stories make an indelible impact and are cause for reflection and contemplation. Together, they transgress their social, political and gender constraints, instead collectively presenting a distinctive, resolute and impassioned voice worthy of recognition and admiration.

Rosa Mulholland, Erminda Rentoul Esler, Sarah Grand, Alice Milligan, Eithne Carbery, Margaret Barrington, Janet McNeill, Mary Beckett, Caroline Blackwood, Polly Devlin, Frances Molloy, Una Woods, Sheila Llewellyn, Linda Anderson, Anne Devlin, Evelyn Conlon, Mary O’Donnell, Annemarie Neary, Martina Devlin, Rosemary Jenkinson, Bernie McGill, Tara West, Jan Carson, Lucy Caldwell and Roisín O’Donnell


The Long Gaze Back told us the first part of the story of Irish women writers – in The Glass Shore, that story has been given its complex, rich, joyful ending.’ – Sunday Independent 

‘As evidenced by this well chosen anthology, the tradition of women’s short story writing in the north of Ireland is in good hands.’ – The Sunday Times

‘One of the most multilayered and thought-provoking collections of stories I’ve read in a long while…The writers in The Glass Shore are not solely defined by either their personal geography or their gender, but their work asks profound questions about who we really are. Short stories, then, but big ideas.’ – The Irish Times 

‘The sheer volume of forgotten female authors from the North was precisely the impetus behind Gleeson curating this anthology…Gleeson’s first attempt to rise to such a challenge, The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers, was published last year to much well-deserved acclaim. But even in the wake of its staggering achievement, it became clear there remained a need for something similar in terms of women who hailed specifically from the North…[A] delightfully varied, utterly necessary new book.’ – Irish Independent

‘Read one at a time, and savour everything about this wonderful tome.’ – IMAGE Magazine

About the Editor

Sinéad Gleeson is a writer, broadcaster and critic who presents The Book Show on RTE Radio 1. She is the editor of three short story anthologies including The Long Gaze Back: an Anthology of Irish Women Writers, which won Best Irish Published Book at the 2015 Irish Book Awards. Her own writing has been published in Banshee, Granta and on RTE’s Sunday Miscellany. In 2016 she was shortlisted for the 2016 Fish Memoir Prize, and long-listed for the Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers Award. She is currently working on a book of essays.


Sinéad Gleeson


C-Format, Hardback





Release Date

October 2016


Additional Information

Weight .566 g
Dimensions .235 × .158 × .20 mm


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