Jamie O'Connell was the 2011 Writer in Residence for Tigh Fili; Cultural Centre and his debut short story collection Some Sort of Beauty (Bradshaw Books) was launched in April 2012 at the World Book Festival, Cork City. He was on the long-list for the Frank O'Connor Award and presented a copy of Some Sort of Beauty to President Higgins in Aras an Uachtarain on 10 May. The collection received rave reviews, notably in The Irish Times, The Sunday Independent, Southword Journal, Books Ireland and Arena. He is a previous recipient of awards and bursaries from Cork City Council and the Arts Council of Ireland. In June 2012 he was invited to read at the International Short Story Conference in Little Rock Arkansas, while in 2011 he toured the US with the Cork Literary Review Vol. XV with Culture Ireland's Imagine Ireland Programme. O'Connell came third in The Sea of Words International Short Story Contest 2012, a competition for writers under 30 in 42 European and Mediterranean countries run by IMed and the Anna Lindh Foundation. He has an MA in Creative Writing from University College Dublin and a BA in English Literature and History of Art from University College Cork. He lives in Dublin works for The O'Brien Press.
'Jamie O'Connell takes us on an exhilarating road-trip through the trials and triumphs of being young, Irish, ambitious and gay... Very enjoyable. Remarkable for a first book. Great things may be forthcoming.'
Books Ireland (September 2012) on Some Sort of Beauty
A Belfast native, Glenn Patterson is one of the Northern Ireland's leading novelists. Currently a Creative Writing Lecturer at the Seamus Heaney Center for Poetry at Queen's University, Belfast, he is the author of eight novels and two works of non-fiction. Burning Your Own (1988) won the Betty Trask Award and the Rooney Prize for Literature, while Fat Lad (1992) was short-listed for the GPA Book Award. His most recent novel, The Mill For Grinding Old People Young (2012) was chosen as Belfast's One City One Book choice for 2012. Good Vibrations, a film he co-wrote with Colin Carberry on the Belfast punk scene, will be released in the near future.
"Glenn Patterson has become the most series and humane chronicler of Northern Ireland over the past thirty years, as well as one of the best contemporary Irish novelists."