Our 12th Anthology now on sale
40 of the best stories and memoirs featured
The 12th Ireland’s Own Anthology of Short Stories and Memories 2021 has been published, and it includes 40 winners and highly commended entries from almost 500 participants in the long-running Ireland’s Own magazine writing competitions.
The stories cover many facets of Irish life, including the perennial recurring themes of bereavement, emigration, the love of home, and often complicated tales of romance.
The memoir pieces recall famous balladeer Delia Murphy; when house visitors were frequent and welcome, how a ‘Tops of the Town’ Irish dancing chicken in later life toured with Riverdance, a time when phones were a much shared rarity, especially in country areas, Aunt Nellie’s ‘good room’ known as the parlour, and much more.
The Foreword is contributed by USA Today best-selling novelist, Carmel Harrington from County Wexford, and she says Ireland’s Own was enjoyed by all the family when she was growing up. Her ninth novel, The Moon Over Kilmore Quay, became an instant bestseller in Ireland and the USA during the summer.
She writes: ‘To the authors included I offer my sincere congratulations. You are now part of the magazine’s history. And perhaps, in the same way I was inspired as a young girl, your stories in this anthology will inspire a new generation of writers too. That’s a nice thought!”
On sale now. Priced €14.99 including p&p.