This marks Alan Titley’s first collection of short stories since the release of his renowned work Leabhar Nóra Ní Anluain. Despite his subsequent contributions in the form of several novels, Titley has remained dedicated to the craft of short storytelling, a commitment evident in this anthology, which includes seven award-winning tales from the Oireachtas competition. Notably, the majority of these stories are previously unpublished, enhancing the collection’s novelty. The compilation boasts a rich tapestry of stories, encompassing various genres: traditional narratives steeped in antiquity to enchanting fables, stirring accounts of heroism and romance, and beyond.
Alan Titley is the author of seven novels, four collections of stories, many plays and some poetry, including ‘An Bhean Feasa’ – the longest poem in modern Irish literature. He has written documentary films for television, and presented his own Scéal na Gaeilge (‘The Story of Irish’) on TG4. He is a scholar who has written widely on Irish, Anglo-Irish and Scottish literature, and his An tÚrscéal Gaeilge is the final word on the Irish novel. His translation of Máirtín Ó Cadhain’s classic novel was published as The Dirty Dust (Yale/CIC 2015).
He was Head of the Irish Department in St Patrick’s College (NUI and DCU) and, more recently, Professor of Modern Irish in University College Cork, and is a member of the Royal Irish Academy. His stories and plays have earned many awards including The Butler Prize of the Irish American Cultural Institute, The Pater Prize for International Drama, The Stewart Parker Award for Drama from the BBC, and the Éilís Dillon Award for Children’s Literature. A number of these stories and plays have been translated into other languages, including Russian, Italian, French, Croatian, Polish, Arabic, Romanian, English and Gaelic.