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Sinéad Gleeson and Lucy Caldwell discuss the new anthology of Irish women’s short stories, The Long Gaze Back. The title comes from a line in The Visitor by Maeve Brennan, whose story The Eldest Child in included in the collection.
‘Gleeson directs her gaze back like a literary archaeologist who has excavated the archives and unearthed treasures for the short story lover’s delight.’ Ann O’Neill
These stories run the gamut from heartbreaking to humorous, but each leaves a lasting impression. They chart the passions, obligations, trials and tribulations of a variety of vividly-drawn characters with unflinching honesty and relentless compassion.
Sinéad Gleeson is a broadcaster, critic and writer who presents The Book Show on RTE Radio 1. She reviews books for The Irish Times and RTE Radio One’s arts show, Arena. As a moderator at literary festivals, Sinéad has interviewed many writers and artists, including Martin Amis, Edna O’Brien, Ian McEwan, Donna Tartt and Brian Eno. She is the editor of two short story anthologies, Silver Threads of Hope, and most recently The Long Gaze Back: an Anthology of Irish Women Writers, which won Best Irish Published Book at the 2015 Irish Book Awards. She is currently editing another anthology for New Island Books, which will be published in Autumn 2016.