‘Feeding strawberries to pigs’
‘The people you see when you haven’t got a gun’
‘For every old sock, there’s an old shoe’
‘Be civil, but strange.’
‘Nature shines through the eyes of a cat.’
‘As delicate as bully, when he ate the dishcloth.’
I grew up with these sayings: my parents were Irish immigrants to England so I am the product of my Anglo- Irish upbringing. I live in a world that is in-between two cultures. I used to feel that I belonged nowhere. Now I realise that I have been enriched by these diverse influences and my obsession with these issues has informed my writing.
When I am in Ireland I feel there is a bond with the people and their outlook, but unfortunately for me, when I speak people think I must be English. Many Irish people cannot accept that I am Irish. I also recognise that a part of me is English, and this makes for an interesting creative mix.
These stories seek to show, what it has been like to grow up Irish in England. I have also attempted to explore what being Irish means.
I have also let my imagination wander rather a lot. I hope you enjoy them!