The Visit chosen for anthology

A DUNDALK based writer has had a short story selected to appear in the 2012 Best British Short Stories Anthology, edited by Nicholas Royle and published by Salt.

A DUNDALK based writer has had a short story selected to appear in the 2012 Best British Short Stories Anthology, edited by Nicholas Royle and published by Salt.

Jaki McCarrick from the Carrick Road is “thrilled” that her story entitled ‘The Visit’, which is set in Dundalk, has been chosen for the anthology.

“I currently live in Dundalk, but I was born and reared in London (to Irish parents) hence my inclusion in this anthology. Another London-Irish writer, Julian Gough, is also included in this anthology,” said Jaki.

‘The Visit’ won the 2010 Wasafiri Short Fiction Award and is set against the backdrop of ex US President Bill Clinton’s visit to Dundalk in 2000.

“The book will be available in a few weeks time and can be ordered from all the usual channels sucha as Amazon, and all the main bookshops,” she said.

“This is an anthology full of quality short stories from emerging writers such as myself - as well as from more established writers such as Jeanette Winterson and Will Self.

“Nicholas Royle, who edits the anthology, selected all the stories for inclusion in this year’s anthology from hundreds of published stories, so it was great to be selected alongside such writers as Jeannette Winterson and Will Self.”

A graduate of Trinity College Dublin (TCD), Jaki has published poetry, short stories and is an award-winning playwright. Her first play, ‘The Mushroom Pickers’ premiered at the Southwark Playhouse in May 2006, and in New York in 2009.

Her play, Leopoldville, was staged at the Tristan Bates Theatre in London in April 2009. Leopoldville is also set in Dundalk and based on a murder she remembers hearing about as a child. Leopoldville was shortlisted for the 2009 Kings Cross Award for New Writing.

In February last she was shortlisted as one of the ten finalists for the prestigious 2011-2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

The ten finalists were chosen from more than 100 submitted plays.

Her play ‘Belfast Girls’ centres on the lives of five young women who seek passage on a ship to Australia in 1850 to escape the Irish famine.

For many people on board, the voyage offers a fresh start. However, some girls find they cannot easily escape the memory of their past lives.

For more information visit www.amazon.com/Best-British-Short-Stories-Anthologies/dp/1907773185 or http://jakiscloudnine.blogspot.com/