Skein lifts off with aim of taking underrepresented writers to new heights

Skein lifts off with aim of taking underrepresented writers to new heights

One of the most talked-about Irish literary novels of recent years was born far outside the usual publishing channels—at a meeting to improve conditions in direct provision hostels, attended by writers and community activists Gráinne O’Toole and Melatu Uche Okorie (pictured). The two got talking about writing and Okorie, a Nigerian who moved to Ireland in 2006 and for a time lived in the direct provision system (Ireland’s asylum-seeker accommodation), said she had been working on fiction about her experiences. She had set it aside after she was told that her “non-traditional” take—includin...

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