Belfast Stories edited by Paul McVeigh & Lisa Frank

Our writers give voice to what it means to be Irish in a changing Ireland.

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Here you will encounter the city through the minds of some of its most imaginative and creative observers.

— Malachi O'Doherty

2019 / 264 pages / €15
ISBN: 978-1-907682-69-8
Cover photo: Malachi O'Doherty

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Belfast Stories

Belfast Stories

Edited by Paul McVeigh and Lisa Frank

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PAUL MCVEIGH's debut novel, The Good Son, won the Polari First Novel Prize and the McCrea Literary Award, as well as Brighton's City Reads Choice in 2016. His stories have appeared in The London Magazine and The Stinging Fly, and in 2019, Faber’s anthology Being Various: New Irish Short Stories, Kit de Waal’s Common People: An Anthology of Working Class Writers, on BBC Radio 4 and Sky Arts TV. Paul is associate director of Word Factory and he co-founded the London Short Story Festival. In 2019, he also chaired a short story strand throughout the Jaipur Literature Festival. Paul interviews authors and reviews for The Irish Times and his work has been translated into seven languages.

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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 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 Belfast Stories

Welcome to Belfast Stories. Here you will encounter the city through the minds of some of its most imaginative and creative observers.’

– Malachi O'Doherty

Belfast Stories
is an engaging contemporary collection of short fiction set throughout the neighborhoods of Belfast by writers who live, have lived or have a strong connection to Belfast. These writers include Linda Anderson, Lucy Caldwell, Jan Carson, Wendy Erskine, Jamie Guiney, Peter Hollywood, Caoilinn Hughes, Rosemary Jenkinson, Winnie M Li, Bernie McGill, Michael Nolan, David Park, Glenn Patterson, Ian Sansom, Dawn Watson and Shannon Yee.

Belfast Stories also includes photos and background information on each neighbourhood, as well as maps displaying the location of each story to further provide an evocative snapshot of Belfast.