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Book explores Irish working class life 06.07.21

A number of writers from the North West, including Inishowen, feature in a new book exploring the experience of working class life in Ireland.

'The 32: An Anthology of Irish Working-Class Voices' includes international best-selling author Claire Allan from Derry, award-winning Bundoran-born writer, Stephen O'Reilly and Buncrana-born journalist and writer, Linda McGrory.

The book includes a mix of memoir and essay and is edited by prize-winning novelist and short story writer Paul McVeigh @paul_mc_veigh from Belfast.
The eagerly-awaited anthology has sixteen new or emerging voices featured alongside sixteen established authors such as Kevin Barry, Roddy Doyle, June Caldwell and Danielle McLaughlin.

McVeigh received permission to include a piece by the young investigative journalist Lyra McKee, who was fatally shot during rioting in Derry in 2019.

'The 32' features a wide range of stories from north and south and demonstrates the many shared experiences of working class life on the island as well as the nuances and differences. There is a strong thread of humour, resilience and solidarity throughout.
'The 32' will be launched online this Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at 7pm. A number of its contributors will be there on the night with short readings and a Q&A. The event is free and everyone is most welcome to attend. Please register here: www.eventbrite.co.uk .
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