Launch of Cork Words 3 Anthology

I’m doing a quick reading of my short story The Defamation Suit on Instagram Live at 7pm on Thursday this week for anyone who is about and who would like to have a listen. (Or later if you prefer – it’s no problem) Should take about 20 minutes or so. If you want to see what it’s about, have a look below.

Inspired by Karen Sugrue, and so many others.

It will be on my public instagram here:

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Photograph of SL in Cork City Library holding a copy of Cork Words 3 anthology

I’m delighted to be featured in this short story and poetry collection compiled by Cork City Libraries and officially launched this afternoon. I had a kind librarian take this pic for me on 17th January when I collected my contributor’s copy. Regretfully I can’t make it today due to illness and recovery, but I will be there in spirit.

I want to talk a bit about my short story, “The Defamation Suit”. It’s an allegorical-style story that combines strong Biblical symbolism, semi-apocalyptic imagery and dreamlike sequences, all entwined with the grim reality of the toxic Catholic hangover that is the 2009 Defamation Act. This is currently under review in our Houses of Parliament and it honestly can’t be reformed soon enough.

“The Defamation Suit”, while highly stylised and allegorised, is at root autobiographical. It is…

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