Short stories inspired by India and Zimbabwe
Recollections of home and abroad feature in a new collection of short stories by two writers from Wicklow and Wexford.
Lorraine Cullen, from Arklow, and Althea Farren, from Zimbabwe now living in Ardamine County Wexford, have recently published a book of short stories, In Two Minds. The book represents the results of the duo’s creative collaboration.
The compilation, which reflects their own lives and experiences, was launched in Arklow Library on Tuesday last, following its launch in Gorey’s Book Cafe last month. The Arklow event was well-attended by friends and well-wishers who gathered to celebrate the writers’ enormous achievement. Acting Arklow Librarian Colin Heslin and Breda McDonald introduced Althea and Lorraine, who read from each other’s work.
Speaking to this newspaper, Althea Farren said the book is ‘a collection in two parts.’
‘The cover design of two faces, one looking forwards and the other backwards, is quite important. My stories relate to my life in Zimbabwe. We moved here in 2007 and have lived here for 12 years now. Lorraine’s stories draw from her travels, especially the time she spent in India.’
Althea is full of praise for her co-writer, Lorraine.
‘She writes beautifully about the Hindi way of life. Her style is so positive and full of optimism. I’ve been writing for a while, but Lorraine wanted to write. We decided to put together,’ Althea said.
The two writers worked closely to prepare the stories for publication. They edited and proofread each other’s stories and John Wyse Jackson, of the Book Cafe, also helped with the editing. The book was published by Cork’s Lettertec.
‘We’re not sure if we’ll do another. We’re just enjoying what we have achieved so far,’ Althea added.
In Two Minds is available from the Book Cafe in Gorey.