Short sto­ries in­spired by In­dia and Zim­babwe

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

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.

Lor­raine Cullen.

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