1934- [pseud. Enid Blanc]; b. Portarlington, Co. Laois, dg. of Hugenot family
of butchers; ed. Alexandra College, Dublin, and Mary Emmaculata College,
Limerick [Diploma in Philosophy]; attends Listowel Writers Week;
involved in Limerick Adult Education Institute; also promotes Killaloe
Writers Group; winner of Francis MacManus award with the story An
Internation Incident; member of Schools Programme of Arts Council; Female Forms (1981), stories; A Single Sensation (1982); Evas Apple (1985), and Wedlocked (1994) ATT OCIL
Female Forms (Dublin: Poolbeg 1981); A Single Sensation
(Dublin: Poolbeg 1982); Evas Apple (Blackstaff 1985), novel
[cover image - a painting - commissioned from Martin Gale].
Maurice Harmon, First Impressions: 1968-78, in Terence Brown & Patrick Rafroidi, eds., The Irish Short Story, Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe 1979), writes of the situation of the wife in Emma Cookes a Family Occasion [who] has married a Catholic and finds her visits to her Protestant family with an increasingly large brood of children dismayidgly difficult, but ultimately comic. (p.68.)
Ann Owens Weekes, ed., Unveiling Treasures: The Attic Guide to the Published Works of Irish Women Literary Writers: Drama, Fiction, Poetry (Dublin: Attic Press 1993): Interested in energies and interests are pretty much concentrated on contemporary life and modern Irish lifestyles; Evas Apple (1985) recommended by a travel guide as excellent introduction for women travellers to Ireland; rapid transitions, accurate observation, suggestive; Female Forms (1981) enters consciousness of various travellers, English and American, to Ireland, as well as the Irish themselves; vignettes of association and memories; contains Cousins, with American Molly and Irish Geraldine, set in fifties, and illustrating culture gap; pervasive ironies and images of lack of communication; A Family Occasion concerns a mixed marriage and family misunderstandings; title story takes place in consciousness of male called Talbot who sees woman only as forms, cute or lumpy, and who is finally seen in his coffin-like bed having resolve to dismiss his present lover, who has cooked an indigestible curry. Information derived from personal communication to editor.
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Anthologies: David Marcus, ed., State of the Art, Short Stories by the New Irish Writers (Sceptre
1992), A Family Occasion; Katie Donovan, AN Jeffares & Brendan Kennelly, eds., Irelands Women (Dublin:
Gill & Macmillan 1994), The Bridge [ from Second Blackstaff
Book of Short Stories (1991)]
Namesame?: Probably not the Emma Cook [sic] who writes in the English Independent
(viz. 22 Sept. 1994, Sweetness and Spite, review of The Nice
Factor, a week-end psychotherapy course aimed at eliminating the crippling
disease of niceness.