Madeleine D'Arcy

MADELEINE D’ARCY is a fiction writer based in Cork City, Ireland.

Her linked short story collection, LIBERTY TERRACE, was published by Doire Press in October 2021.

Her début short story collection, WAITING FOR THE BULLET (Doire Press, 2014), won the Edge Hill Readers’ Choice Prize 2015 (UK).

In 2010 she received the Hennessy Literary Award for First Fiction and Hennessy New Irish Writer Award.

She has an MA in Creative Writing (UCC) and is a qualified solicitor.

She co-curates Fiction at the Friary, a free monthly fiction event in Cork City, with fellow-writer Danielle McLaughlin.

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Award Category
Screenplay Award Category
Liberty Terrace is a linked short story collection featuring a bevy of characters who reside in a fictional area of Cork City, Ireland, in the period 2016 to 2020. These stories shed light on how we lived before and during the Covid-19 pandemic and on what we can truly count on.
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Kelly Boyer Sagert Sun, 04/09/2022 - 22:00

You've created a whole world in a relatively short amount of text with conflict and realistic resolution. Well done.

Liberty Terrace shows a row of two-storey house on a street, with a red and yellow globe on top right plus, above the book title are the words "These are fizzing dark comedies with deadly serious intent from a natural storyteller – a fantastic collection.' Kevin Barry. 'A triumph!' Danielle McLaughlin.' "