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Mary Dorcey is a critically acclaimed fiction writer and poet. She won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature in 1990 for her Short Story collection A Noise from the Woodshed. She has published nine books, three of fiction and six of poetry. Her New and Selected Poems: To Air the Soul Throw all the Windows Wide, was published in 2017 by Salmon Poetry. Her novel Biography of Desire (1998) was a best seller and has achieved widespread critical acclaim. She was the first woman in Irish history to campaign publicly for LGBT rights. A lifelong feminist she was a founder member of “The Movement for Sexual Liberation,” “Irishwomen United,” and “Women for Radical Change.” Her seventh poetry collection will be published by Salmon Poetry in November 2021.
Paul McVeigh’s debut novel, The Good Son, won The Polari First Novel Prize and The McCrea Literary Award and was shortlisted for many others including the Prix du Roman Cezam in France. He began his writing career as a playwright, in Belfast, before moving to London to write comedy. Paul’s short stories have been read on BBC Radio 3, 4 & 5 and ‘Hollow’ was shortlisted for Irish Short Story of the Year at the Irish Book Awards in 2017. His stories have appeared in The London Magazine and The Stinging Fly, and in many anthologies. He was co-editor of the Belfast Stories anthology and edited Queer Love and The 32: An Anthology of Irish Working Class Writers. He is associate director of Word Factory, “the UK’s national organisation for excellence in the short story.”