Firstly, thank you to all of you for your sympathy and condolences on my sister’s death. It’s been a hard month, but it had its moments of lovely support and family togetherness.
On the day my sister passed away, I got (and missed) an email informing me that a short story of mine had been long-listed for broadcast on BBC Radio 4. It was then short-listed, and eventually chosen as one of the three stories annually selected for broadcast on the radio station. As Radio 4 receives nigh on 3,000 submissions for this slot, I’m pretty chuffed (and slightly feel as though my sister is looking out for me).
‘Mussels’ is set on the Norfolk coast and follows a year in the life of Triona, an Irish prison tutor settling into her new life in England. The tale investigates how attitudes towards Irish immigrants have changed over the past two generations, and then explores, in this light, the responsibilities the present-day Irish arrivals might have towards other more recent waves of immigrants into the UK, from Eastern Europe and further afield. The story was recorded in June, narrated by Dervla Kirwan (Ballykissangel, Goodnight Sweetheart) and will aired on BBC Radio 4, August 2nd at 19:45. I hope you can tune in!