The notion of ‘story’ was part of the discourse in which I grew up, where they were seen as a form of entertainment and/or enlightenment and I think those elements are embodied in really good stories. Aside from the obvious greats including Joyce, I enjoy John McGahern, Alistair MacLeod, Isaac Beshavis Singer, Eurdora Welty and many classic and contemporary Southern US writers. Early on, a volume of Turgenev`s stories drew me with its vibrant characters and landscapes which seemed familiar. I also love writers who do what I can`t, like Junot Diaz or Will Self with his idiosyncratic humour.
Deirdre at Word Factory:
Deirdre Shanahan has short stories published in several journals in the USA including, ‘The Massachusetts Review’, ‘The Southern Review’, ‘The Cimarron Review’, and ‘Iowa Woman’. In Ireland and England my work has been published in ‘Writing Women’, ‘Paris Atlantic’, ‘Passport’, and anthologised by Serpent’s Tail, Biscuit Publishing, Fish Publishing edited by Joseph O`Connor, Honno Press edited by Michele Roberts, ‘The Phoenix Book of Irish Short Stories’, and New Writing from Vintage. She has won the B & I / Irish Post Competition judged by Shane Connaughton, as well as shortlisted for the Asham Award, Spread the Word Award, Elle Magazine, Mslexia competition and the Paris Review Novella Prize. She has also won an Eric Gregory Award, had a play broadcast on RTE, Ireland and won a bursary from Arts Council England for fiction.