Deirdre Shanahan

        fiction writer  

Novel

Story Collection - Out Sept 2020

                  Bluemoose Books,

                  25 Sackville St, Hebden Bridge.

                  W.Yorks. HX7 7DJ  

                  Bluemoosebooks.com

isbn  9781910422472 - hdback / 9781910422489 - ppbk

Splice Books

Splice.com

isbn 9781916173033

 

Caravan of the Lost and Left Behind

Tim Pears - award-winning novelist

"Caravan of the Lost and Left Behind,’ is a story of  heroes whose fate is remorseless as those in folk ballads or gypsy songs. Eva, Torin and Caitlin (like Grandad and Delia before them) are caught in webs they can hardly escape except in their dreams and fantasies, and the romance of the open road. You draw the reader in to their destinies. I felt increasingly moved by Torin and Caitlin, and as I understood their relationship I wondered how the writer could help them - and the reader. The ending is brilliant, hopeful in an entirely honest, unsentimental way. The writer took this reader on a fraught, difficult journey, surfing on the finely wrought details of the writing, and delivered us into a believable future.

​Minor characters - Pauley, Shane, Sheridan - are brilliantly drawn. Set-piece scenes - the concert when Torin attacks Shane, the party Pauley takes Torin to - are so well done, reading was like watching a film."

Charles Palliser - award-winning novelist. Readings organiser. Stoke Newington Bookshop

“I was very impressed indeed by the book. It's a very fine piece of work, very powerful and honest and beautifully written.”

The Irish Times

Well written debut…one of the strengths of Deirdre Shanahan’s debut novel Caravan of the Lost and Left Behind is the writer’s way with place, a key part of her story …These well-written sections are to be commended…

Cauvery Madhavan  author The Tainted. Hope Road Publishing

You are going to enjoy 'Caravan of the Lost and Left Behind.' Superb writing and I still think of all the characters weeks later.

Carrying Fire and Water

Angela Readman  Costa winning and short story writer. Author of Don’t Try This At Home

Timeless, vivid and sensory, these stories feel like we are actually there. Shanahan has a gift for detail that make her characters breathe.  A beautiful debut.  

 

Ruby Cowling  The White Review winner and author of This Paradise Boiler House Books

Somehow  both punchy and delicate, Shanahan’s stunningly intricate writing pulls us fast and deep into stories driven by the powerful undertow of human longing.

Alan McMonagle   short story writer and novelist published by Picador

Tender, elemental, achingly honest and delicately rendered; this is a collection of beautifully observed moments, connections and possibilities that bring into sharp relief things we've had and lost; things we think we have; things we will never have; things we give up; and most importantly of all, perhaps, things that may just have it within them to renew, replenish ourselves. Wonderful.

Billy O’Callaghan, author of My Coney Island Baby and The Boatman and Other Stories

Carrying Fire And Water is beautifully forged: the prose is precise and evocative, the stories full of elegance and insight. Deirdre Shanahan is a fine writer with a deep dedication to the craft, deserving of a wide and enthusiastic readership.

Wendy Erskine  author of Sweet Home

Beautiful…

OTHER WRITING 

London Short Story Prize Anthology 2019. Spread the Word. University of Kingston Press. ed Eley Williams, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan and Charlotte Seymoure

Wasafiri International Magazine. Excerpt from novel 'Caravan of the Lost and Left Behind' and commentary

Podcast from Brixton Bookjam Oct 2019. Reading in set 3     https://soundcloud.com/badzelda/sets/brixton-bookjam-oct-7th-2019

Blog Post. Birkbeck. University of London

'Plunder' Won Wasafiri International Fiction Award 2018 judged by Elleke Boehmer and Kerry Young- posted online magazine.

'The Wind Calling' published in The Best of British Short Stories 2017. ed Nicholas Royle from Salt

'Passengers' published in Best of the Short Story Vol 2. ed Kerry Barner

'9  Days- Modes of Distraction' longlist Goldsmiths University New Writing Award. judged by Blake Morrison.

'Weights' story read at The Word Factory, Waterstones Piccadilly. Curated by Cathy Galvin and Paul McVeigh

'Grievous Bodily Harm' story read at Liars League, London

'Birds of Erin' novel excerpt - showcased on The Literary Consultancy site -

'Digging' 2nd in inaugural Spread the Word Writing Award judged by Bidisha and Courttia Newland. Published in anthology -'Edgeways' from Flight Press.

'The Night Breathing' - on WritersHub Birkbeck, University of London

 

BIO

I write fiction -  having published several stories in the USA , UK and Ireland. I have been visiting speaker several times at The London Irish Writers Summer School. London Metropolitan University and  have taught at Brunel University, St Mary’s University and held writing workshops in schools.

My work has been read at Liars League and I have read at The Word Factory, London.

Stories in anthologies

‘The Best of British Short Stories 2017’ edited by Nicholas Royle. Salt  ‘Matador’ edited by Billy O’Callaghan.  ‘Dog Days’ from Fish Publishing edited by Joseph O’Connor. ‘Wooing Mr Wickham’  edited by Michele Roberts. The Short Story vol 2.  The Irish Book of Short Stories Phoenix Orion.  New Writing from British Council / Vintage

Stories in journals

The Massachusetts Review, The Southern Review, The Cimarron Review, Iowa Woman, Paris Atlantic, Passport.

 Awards

Wasafiri International Fiction Award  2018

Arts Council England -  major bursary

Heinrich Boll Residency Ireland  2017

Joint Winner Michael Marks Award 2014

Lightship Novel Award

Spread the Word Award. London

Eric Gregory Award. Society of Authors.

Donal  MacAmhlaigh / The Irish Post Award

M.A. with Merit in Creative Writing. Birkbeck University of London

Other Writing

‘Recovery Position’  Rack Press. 2014.  

‘In Parallel’  University of Hertfordshire Press. 2011

‘Prussian Blue’ Radio Play  broadcast on RTE Ireland.

 

EVENTS AND INFO

Friday November 22nd. 7pm-9pm Burley Fisher Bookshop. 400 Kingsland Road. London E8 4AA Reading with Thomas Chadwick and Michael Conley from Splice Publishing.  https://burleyfisherbooks.com/events/

Saturday November 16th. 2.30  WriteIdea Festival. Idea Store. 321 Whitechapel Road. London E1 1BU - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/deirdre-shanahan-caravan-of-the-lost-and-left-behind-tickets-72487228251

Sunday October  13th. Wimbledon Book Festival. Reading with Ariel Kahn and International Man Booker Prize- winner Translator Marilyn Booth, Oxford University. Chaired by Daniel Hahn

Monday October 7th7. 30pm  Brixton Book Jam. The Hootananny, Brixton, 95 Effra Road, London SW2 1DF

with Ruby Cowling, Marianne Kavanagh,Alyson Rudd, Kaethe Cherney, Sophia Jai.

Saturday Oct 5th. 1pm. Hillingdon Literary Festival with Brunel University. With Matt Wilven. Journeys of the Self.

Saturday September 21st. Archway with Words. Archway Library. Introduced by Mark Hudson, arts journalist

Thursday July 4th7pm The Riff Raff. Effra Social. 89 Effra Road. London SW2 1DF. Reading with Katie Lowe, Ashley Hickson-Lovence, Tyler Wetherall and Gray Williams

Sunday June  30th   12.30   Queens Park Festival. London Reading with Yvonne Bailey-Smith who is in the anthology 'Daughters of Africa' ed Margaret Busby - details to follow.

Wednesday June 26th. 7pm.  Late Lines from City Lit at Star of Kings Pub. 126 York Way. London N1 OAX

Saturday June 15th. 1.30  Greenwich Literary Festival. 'A Sense of Place' with Sam Jordison, Paul Scraton and  Gonzalo C. Garcia

Monday May 13th8pm  Stoke Newington Bookshop. 159 Stoke Newington High St, Stoke Newington, London N16 0NY.  stokenewingtonbookshop.co.uk.  with  fellow Bluemoose novelist Ariel Kahn

http://www.stokenewingtonbookshop.co.uk/

 

CONTACT

enquiries re Caravan of the Lost and Left Behind - contact publisher Kevin Duffy

            Tel: 01422 - 842751  bluemoosebooks.com

enquries re  Carrying Fire and Water - contact Splice - thisissplice@gmail.com  or splice.press@gmail.com

For readings  or other enquiries - dshanahan1@hotmail.com

   For other fiction - agent Albert Zuckerman. Writers House. New York

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