|Portrait of the Artist With a Red Car|
Nuala Ní Choncúir
Born in Dublin in 1970, Nuala Ní Chonchúir lives in County Galway, Ireland. Her third short fiction collection Nude will be published by Salt in September 2009. Her poetry collections Molly’s Daughter (2003) and Tattoo:Tatú (2007), were published by Arlen House.
She has poems and an essay in The Watchful Heart – A New Generation of Irish Poets, edited by Joan McBreen (Salmon, 2009). Nuala was chosen by The Irish Times as a writer to watch in 2009; she has won many short fiction prizes including the Cúirt New Writing Prize, RTÉ radio’s Francis MacManus Award, the inaugural Jonathan Swift Award and the Cecil Day Lewis Award. She was recently shortlisted for the European Prize for Literature.
There is bright assessment here as Nuala Ní Chonchúir deftly sketches in her surroundings. Then emotions sweep in, deeper, unsettling. But confidence and intelligence are central in all of her writing, creating a safety net. She searches like a lighthouse, picking out the unusual.
Pat Jourdan, Women’s Studies Review