McBride, de Waal and Rooney to write short stories for Faber collection

McBride, de Waal and Rooney to write short stories for Faber collection

Eimear McBride, Kit de Waal and Sally Rooney are among the writers from "Ireland's current golden age" who are to feature in an anthology for Faber.

Edited by Lucy Caldwell, Being Various: New Irish Short Stories brings together new stories from Ireland’s "current golden age" of writing and features newly commissioned works from writers including Louise O’Neill, Paul McVeigh, Kevin Barry, Lisa McInerney and Arja Kajermo.

Caldwell said: "Being Various has a brilliant array of writers making waves in the twenty-first century, from lauded names to newcomers ranging from their twenties to their sixties; Irish by birth, by parentage, or residence."

Angus Cargill acquired world rights from Peter Straus at Rogers, Coleridge and White.

Cargill said: "I'm so thrilled that Lucy - on the back of her own brilliant short story collection Multitudes - agreed to guest edit the sixth volume of our long running series of new Irish short stories, continuing the great work started by the late David Marcus. The incredible line up she's put together promises a richly diverse collection which will showcase the exciting and evolving voices of contemporary Irish writing."

Caldwell was born in Belfast in 1981. She is the author of three novels and several stage plays and radio dramas. Awards include the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the Dylan Thomas Prize, the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright, the BBC Stewart Parker Award, a Fiction Uncovered Award and a Major Individual Artist Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Her debut collection of short stories, Multitudes, was published by Faber in 2016.

Being Various: New Irish Short Stories will be published 2nd May 2019.