Jan Carson

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Sarah-Davis Goff’s Last Ones Left Alive is an inventive, vividly realised feminist dystopia.

Where have all the writers gone? This year was marked by notable Irish debut novels from an engineer, civil servant and publisher, which tells us much(...)

Comedian Alison Spittle.

Richie Sadlier Sports pundit, psychotherapist and former professional footballer Richie Sadlier’s book is raw without ever being miserable(...)

Ho Sok Fong: Life for Malaysian women in a strict, patriarchal country is the focus of the author’s second collection

A giant wall erected by the government. A world where mistresses are a part of the family. An internment camp for women who refuse to fit neatly into (...)

Jan Carson: a writer with a pleasingly distinctive style

In her fiction to date, the Belfast writer Jan Carson has always found inventive ways to treat her overarching themes of trauma and legacy. In her deb(...)

Jan Carson: “That’s what intrigued me, that there is a line there between what’s real and believable.”Photograph: Alan Betson

A few years ago, the writer Jan Carson was in Washington DC, reading from her story, Larger Ladies, which is set in a fantastical private clinic where(...)

Brian Coughlan: The humour too often misses the mark

When we think of the Irish short story, we tend to think in terms of literary fiction, having claim to many great practitioners of the form in this co(...)

June Caldwell: her modernist style and tendency to switch forms never let the reader rest

Robot boys that rehabilitate paedophiles, sex-change clinics, demoralising orgies, alpha submissives caged in a Leitrim farmhouse and ogled by rubber (...)

Kirsty Logan: storytelling is to the fore in the Scottish writer’s captivating second collection

The writer EM Forster defines story as a chronological sequence that has at its centre the material of events and people: “The king dies and then the (...)

Seán O’Keeffe of Liberties Press: The “only way to ensure that authors and others receive what they are rightfully due is for the company to continue to trade successfully”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Liberties Press, which has published books by President Michael D Higgins, the late taoiseach Garret FitzGerald and former tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, ha(...)

Jan Carson: I heard Dylan’s lyrics and I wanted to write something as shotgun sharp and perversely beautiful as ‘she’s a hypnotist collector, you are a walking antique,’ or learn how to place a word so the reader knows – as you know when you read the lyrics to Hard Rain – that every vowel in that chorus refrain is meant to be stretched out into an existential howl

Jan Carson first heard Like a Rolling Stone on the radio in her early teens, before she had ever heard the name Bob Dylan. “There’s no other song o(...)

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