Event Resources Everyone Is Invited to Join Us for Irish Short Story Month Year Four
Ways to Participate-do a post on your blog and let me know about it-I will keep a master list and I will publicize your post and blog.
If you are an Irish author and would like to be featured, please contact me. There are several options open.
If you would like to do a guest post on my blog on anything related to Irish short stories, contact me.
"Naming the Names" is my first contact with the work of Anne Devlin. I hope to read more of her work in the future. "Naming the Names" is set during a time of significant violence in Belfast. The story ioccurs during terrible riots of 1969. The central character is a young Protestant woman who works in a big second hand book store. She meets through her work an Englishman who is doing research on the history of Northern Ireland. After sometime she begins a subdued romance with him. She observed people throwing firebombs, burning out houses and businesses. The plot tension of the story develops as she is quizzed by the authorities who demand she "name names". We see how she is drawn between her desire to be loyal but to escape persecution.
I learned something about the economic basis for Northern Ireland to want to remain a part of the UK. Much of the commerce of the area was in the big ship yards and in linen businesses. Both of these businesses were very dependent on English patronage.
I read this in The Granta Book of the Irish Short Story edited by Anne Enright.