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Successful local author Jaki McCarrick recently launched her book ‘The Scattering’ at Dundalk’s first ever Book Festival at the end of April.

Successful local author Jaki McCarrick recently launched her book ‘The Scattering’ at Dundalk’s first ever Book Festival at the end of April.

‘The Scattering’ is the debut collection of short stories by the London-born, Dundalk-based writer and the book has just been published by Seren Books and has already attracted fantastic reviews.

The Scattering is a collection of 18 stories, many set along the border from small-town Louth and Monaghan to London and New Orleans, these stories explore the spaces between certainty and doubt, dependency and freedom.

We witness the psychological fall-out from catastrophe and constraint, the pain of dual and fractured identities, the experience of emigration. Above all, what it means to be alive in a fraught and ever-changing world.

One of the stories ‘ The Visit’ won the Wasafiri Prize for new fiction, and was selected for the anthology Best British Short Stories 2012.

Jaki is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin and Middlesex University.

She writes plays, fiction and poetry.

Her play, Leopoldville, won the 2010 Papatango Award for New Writing, and her most recent play, Belfast Girls, developed at the National Theatre Studio in 2012, was shortlisted for the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. She is currently writer-in-residence at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris.