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Laura McKenna


LAURA McKENNA’s debut novel, Words to Shape My Name, (New Island, 2021), was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award and was a winner at the 2020 IWC Novel Fair. Twice nominated for a Hennessy Literary Award, Laura was chosen for the 2021 Poetry Ireland Introduc¬tions Series. Laura’s short fiction has appeared in Southword, Banshee, Cork Words 2 Anthology and The Litro Anthology of New Fiction.

Genre: Fiction
Number of publications: 1

The collection firmly captures the spirit and personality of Cork and its people.

— —Patricia Looney, Cork City Librarian

Sample Work

From The Introduction

Humour looms large in many of the stories: the sly aside, the witty turn of phrase and an occasional laugh-out-loud moment. No Cork collection would be complete without a dash of Cork slang or vernacular, whether it be city or rural. If there is any unifying element across the anthology, it is the strong narrative voices that carry the stories, each one distinctive. While we were keen to focus on the contemporary, some stories are set in the past. A good short story is a good story regardless of its place in time.

Madeleine D’Arcy and Laura McKenna


Cork Stories
Book Stories

ISBN: 978-1-907682-99-5 | Pages: 198 | Year published: 2024

Cork Stories, edited by Madeleine D’Arcy and Laura McKenna, is a collection of short fiction set throughout the neighbourhoods of Cork city and county by writers who live or have lived in Cork. 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 Cork and the people who live there. Writers featured in Cork Stories include: Kevin Barry, Tadhg Coakley, Danny Denton, Martina Evans, Marie Gethins, Danielle McLaughlin, Oonagh Montague, Mary Morrissy, Grainne Murphy, Jamie O’Connell, Mel O’Doherty, Eileen O’Donoghue, Anne O’Leary, Tina Pisco, Sean Tanner, William Wall and Fiona Whyte.