A Good Enough Mother

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‘Ghostgirl’ and the Fifty-six Thousand

In her latest collection, entitled Ghostgirl, the poet Annemarie Ní Chuirreáin breathes life into the lived experiences of those women and girls incarcerated in Ireland’s Mother and Baby Homes, [...]

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Meeting Sheila – A Good Enough Mother

‘We’d meet the first train [at Euston Station] in the morning, the mail train. I used to know if they were pregnant just by looking at them. Even at six weeks, I could tell by the shape of the [...]

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A Good Enough Mother: Driving in the fog

A Good Enough Mother: Driving in the Fog | Novel | Catherine Dunne Author | Writing is like driving at night in the fog...

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A Good Enough Mother winner of the European Rapallo BPER Banca Prize

Rapallo, a beautiful corner of Liguria, was the setting in November 2023 for a wonderful moment in my life as a writer. The jury for the European Rapallo BPER Banca Prize for fiction selected my [...]

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Shauna Gilligan – A Name for Himself: the interview

Huge thanks to Shauna Gilligan for her invitation to take part in her series of interviews with writers called WRITERS CHAT. In April 2022, Arlen House – Literature from Ireland for the [...]

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Lia Mills’ “Another Alice”: the interview

This interview marks the publication of a new edition of Lia Mills’ first novel, Another Alice (first published in 1996), as part of the Arlen Classic Literature series. The new edition features [...]

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The Years That Followed on Shepherd.com

I love lists.

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An Unconsidered People: 2021

Twenty years ago, I travelled back and forth to Kilburn and Cricklewood, in order to meet the Irish who had settled there during the economically dark decade of the 1950s.

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The ‘Stella d’Italia’ knighthood

Early in 2021, I received a lovely – and most unexpected – piece of correspondence. It came from His Excellency, the Italian Ambassador to Ireland, Paolo Serpi. He wanted to tell me that I had [...]