Belfast writer Lucy Caldwell guest edits latest collection of New Irish Short Stories

Lucy Caldwell edited the newly published collection of Irish short stories, Being Various. Picture by Hugh Russell

SALLY Rooney, Belinda McKeon, Stuart Neville and Adrian McKinty feature among an impressive list of contributors to a new collection of Irish short stories edited by award-winning Belfast novelist and playwright Lucy Caldwell, published by Faber & Faber.

Following her own critically acclaimed short story collection Multitudes, Caldwell guest edits the sixth volume of Faber's long-running series of new Irish short stories, continuing the work started by the late David Marcus and subsequent guest editors Kevin Barry – who has also written a story for the latest collection – Deirdre Madden and Joseph O'Connor.

Other contributors include Eimear McBride, Jan Carson, Wendy Erskine, Lisa McInerney, Louise O'Neill and Kit de Waal.

"Being Various has a brilliant array of writers making waves in the twenty-first century, from lauded names to newcomers ranging from their twenties to their sixties; Irish by birth, by parentage, or residence," Caldwell, who has dedicated the book to Engish teachers, libraries and bookshops – "mostly [Belfast bookshop] No Alibis" – says.

:: Being Various: New Irish Short Stories, edited by Lucy Caldwell, is publiched by Faber & Faber, priced £12.99. Available now.

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