Lisa Frank

Poet Lisa Frank

Biography

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.

Genre: Fiction
Number of publications: 3

By touching the pulse of the highways and byways of the city and county, the authors of these twenty stories bring into sharp relief Galway's human heart and soul in all its joy and sorrow, in all its aspirations and disappointments, in all its victories and defeats.

— Des Kenny

Sample Work

About Galway Stories

Galway Stories is an engaging contemporary collection of short fiction set in the city and county of Galway by writers who live, or have lived, in Galway. These writers include Aileen Armstrong, Celeste Augé, Kevin Barry, Edward Boyne, Ger Burke, Mary Costello, Susan Millar DuMars, Lisa Frank, Julian Gough, James Martyn Joyce, Hugo Kelly, Mike McCormack, Alan McMonagle, Geraldine Mills, Conor Montague, Jim Mullarkey Nuala Ní Chonchúir, Moyra Roddy, Olaf Tyaransen, and John Walsh

The twenty stories included in the collection take the reader on an intimate tour of Galway, the cultural heart of Ireland. From the top of Eyre Square to the prom on Salthill, from the bogside of Cashel to the stone walls of Kinvara, each of the stories explore the neighbouhoods and the people who live there. Some stories — such as Jim Mullarkey’s ‘Encounter on Buttermilk Lane’ or Olaf Tyaransen’s ‘Don’t you know who I am?’ — present a vivid portrait of the neighbourhoods using specific landmarks and detail; others — including Edward Boyne’s ‘The Sculptor’ or Nuala Ní Chonchúir’s ‘Cri de Coeur’ — convey the atmospheric spirit of the neighbourhoods and their inhabitants. The stories in the anthology offer a distinct array of content and theme, voice and style, celebrating also the diverse talent of Galway writers.

Galway 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 Galway.

Galway Stories reading at the Red Line Book Festival

Galway Stories Book Trailer

Aoibheanne McCann reading 'The Blow-Ins Guide

Books

Galway Stories: 2020
Galway Stories 2020 Short Fiction by Lisa Frank & Alan McMonagle published by Doire Press

ISBN: 978-1-907682-73-5 | Pages: 288 | Published: 2020

Galway Stories: 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: Niamh Boyce, June Caldwell, Danny Denton, Elaine Feeney, Caoilinn Hughes, Una Mannion, Patrick McCabe and Nuala O’Connor. 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.

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Belfast Stories
Belfast Stories Short Stories Fiction by Paul McVeigh & Lisa Frank published by Doire Press

ISBN: 978-1-907682-69-8 | Pages: 264 | Published: 2019

Belfast Stories is a collection of short fiction set throughout the neighbourhoods of the city, written by writers— both established and emerging—who live, have lived, or who have a strong connection to Belfast, including Lucy Caldwell, Jan Carson, Wendy Erskine, Caoilinn Hughes, Rosemary Jenkinson, Winnie M Li, Bernie McGill, David Park, Glenn Patterson and Ian Sansom. This 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.

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Galway Stories
Galway Stories Short Fiction Book by Lisa Frank published by Doire Press

ISBN: 978-1-907682-11-7 | Pages: 232 | Published: 2013

The twenty stories included in the collection take the reader on an intimate tour of Galway, the cultural heart of Ireland. From the top of Eyre Square to the prom on Salthill, from the bogside of Cashel to the stone walls of Kinvara, each of the stories explore the neighbouhoods and the people who live there. Some stories — such as Jim Mullarkey’s ‘Encounter on Buttermilk Lane’ or Olaf Tyaransen’s ‘Don’t you know who I am?’ — present a vivid portrait of the neighbourhoods using specific landmarks and detail; others — including Edward Boyne’s ‘The Sculptor’ or Nuala Ní Chonchúir’s ‘Cri de Coeur’ — convey the atmospheric spirit of the neighbourhoods and their inhabitants. The stories in the anthology offer a distinct array of content and theme, voice and style, celebrating also the diverse talent of Galway writers, including Kevin Barry, Mary Costello, Julian Gough, Mike McCormack, Alan McMonagle and Nuala O’Connor. Galway 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 Galway.

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