Whenever you can sit in on a conversation between two very talented writers, it is a privilege. I have been following the literary careers of both Valerie Sirr and Geraldine Mills for some years now. I have posted on four of Sirr's superb short stories and for previous ISSM events she has very kindly contributed very edifying guest posts. She and I share an admiration for the work of Geraldine Mills. I am very honored that she has allowed me to share this interview for Irish Short Story Month Year Four.
Here is the official biography of Valerie Sirr
Valerie Sirr is a writer from Dublin. She began writing after graduating with her Diploma in Advanced Computer Programming from Trinity College, Dublin. She became interested in psychology and studied at University College, Dublin, for her B.A. hons. Psychology degree, going on to study at London’s Institute of Psychiatry. She holds an M. Phil in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Dublin, and has published and broadcast many short stories both in Ireland and Britain with stories currently under consideration in the US. She received the Hennessy New Irish Writer Award and the Hennessy Award for Emerging Fiction and was awarded two Arts Council of Ireland literature bursaries. She also won the William Allingham, Elizabeth Newsom and Nora Fahy short story awards. Her radio play was shortlisted for RTE radio’s PJ O Connor award. She teaches creative writing and literature appreciation, part-time, and has facilitated writing workshops for Dublin Simon Community and other groups in the community. Her debut collection of short stories will be published in 2014.
You can read some of Valarie's short works of fiction on her webpage.
I admire writers with the self-confidence and generosity to make some of their work available to the reading public.
I greatly look forward to reading her debut collection.