This collection of short stories brings us on many journeys, journeys of the mind, journeys to distant shores, to countries torn apart by conflict and change; but they are all journeys to the heart of humanity, where characters seek hopeful new lives and try to deal with situations that are beyond their control. In a world where the mass movement of populations gives rise to many injustices, humanity is at the very core of these stories. They are told in a considered and sharply observed style, with the storytelling tradition of Rann na Feirste finding its voice in contemporary Irish literature.
Róise Ní Bhaoill is from Ranafast in the Donegal Gaeltacht. She is the author of a series of stories for adult learners of Irish published initially by the internet publication BEO!, and (with Gordon McCoy) of the book Taisce Focal, Little Stories for Big People (Iontaobhas Ultach, 2007) which resulted from that series.
She co-edited Gaelic-medium education provision: Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man (Iontaobhas Ultach, 2003) and Bás in Éirinn — May You Die in Ireland (Iontaobhas Ultach, 2011). She was editor of the quarterly Arts Research Digest during her time in England. She transcribed, translated and edited the Ulster folklore material collected by Wilhelm Doegen in the 1930s, which is the material of Ulster Gaelic Voices, Bailiúchan Doegen 1931 (Iontaobhas Ultach, 2010).
During her career with ULTACH Trust, she produced a range of material for the public on topics including placenames, folklore and the history of the Irish language. She has written and lectured on the subject of Irish in her own native county. She has published poetry in Krino and is currently working on a collection of rhymes in Irish for young children and on a short-story collection.