10 Short Stories by Irish Writers that you can read online today!

It’s Short Story Week this week for Reading Ireland Month and to kick things off, I am sharing ten short stories by Irish writers that you can read online, for free today!

  • The original version of Foster by Claire Keegan is available to read here at the New Yorker, published before the story was lengthened and revised for publication by Faber.
  • Kevin Barry’s short stories are wonderful creations and you can read the brilliant A Cruelty here at Lit Hub.
  • Lucy Caldwell’s new collection Intimacies will be out later this year, but you can get a sneak peak by reading Words for Things at the Stinging Fly website.
  • Jan Carson has a new collection of short stories out later this year called The Last Resort and all are set in a wet caravan park on the Northern Ireland coast. The stories have been dramatised for BBC Radio Four and you can listen to them here.
  • I mentioned last week how excited I am to read Claire-Louise Bennett’s new novel, so here is a chance to read her short story The Order of Things.
  • Sinead Gleeson is well-known for her work editing The Glass Shore, The Long Gaze Back and The Art of the Glimpse as well as her recent book Constellations, but here is a chance to get a short taste of her fiction with the story Counting Bridges.
  • Doireann Ní Ghríofa has had great critical success with her wonderful memoir A Ghost in the Throat. Here is a very, very short story from her called Female Silence: 9 Types
  • Calm With Horses, the film nominated for several BAFTA’s last week is based on a short story by Colin Barrett, from his collection Young Skins. Here is another one of his powerful works – Diamonds – which won the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award.
  • If you have been reading my blog for any length of time, you’ll know I’m a big fan of Nuala O’Connor‘s novels and short stories. Here’s a chance to read and extract from her brilliant story Joyride to Jupiter, which I reviewed a few years ago.
  • Probably best known for his novels, Colum McCann is a dab hand at the short story too – here is Home and Away – written exclusively for The Big Issue.

I hope you find something there that you enjoy! Have you a favourite short story writer from Ireland? Let me know in the comments!

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34 Comments Leave a comment

  1. This is really good and it is something to structure our reading by. Your website is really great and what I like about it is that it has such a breadth of reading and is very open to a wide variety of writers and books. It opens our eyes, more than book reviews in mainstream media. Thanks very much. I am really enjoying it.


  2. One thing I would ask is if people could look again afresh at Michael McLaverty’s short stories. Although they may be looked on as oldfashioned (and some were indeed on the school curriculum), I opened them again and enjoyed them. They could do with a little leg up in these times. His novels are also very enjoyable and well written.


  3. i LOVE lucy caldwell and nicole flattery’s short stories!! i cant wait for Intimacies and i know Flattery is also writing a novel thats hopefully going to be released later this year ☺️ super excited to try out some stories from Claire Keegan!


  4. I’ve been dipping into Emma Donoghue collection Astray and enjoying it. There’s a story about Jumbo the elephant and his trainer that I get a bit teary just thinking about.

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