1958- ; b. Dublin; ed. Sacred Heart Convent, Mount Anville, and UCD (English);
community education project teacher, Dublin; stories in Irish Press, Irish Times, Evening Herald, Raven Introduction 4,
and Regent International Magazine; also first novel, Breaking
Breaking Out (Belfast: Blackstaff 1996), 193pp.
Blackstaff Catalogue (1996) gives an account of Breaking Out (1996): Eleanor Leyden, rebel and girl that spells trouble;
communist parents killed in car crash, and she herself maimed; fostered
with ODriscolls; stifled by their middle-class Catholic values;
becomes stonemason and seeks solace in forbidden love affair that entraps
her further; flight inspired by two women, Aunt Katherine and precocious
school-friend Louise, with whom she share the exhilaration of departure
in France and Greece; amid shift of relations towards rivalry and desire
learns to face the world herself, clear, alone.
Aubrey Malone, Books Ireland (Sept. 1996), p.226, noting stilted conversation and stylistic excesses:
the characters in this book speak in quotations; ... impressive
Book of Short Stories (Belfast: Blackstaff 1988) contains First
Fish and Spinning Sisters.