Alan McMonagle from Longford has been receiving great acclaim for his writing, both at home and internationally. The poet, playwright and short fiction writer from College Park has received awards from the Professional Artists Retreat, the Fundacion Valparaiso, the Banff Centre for Creativity and the Arts Council of Ireland. The writer, who is a son of Seamus and Jean, also received his MA in Writing from NUI Galway in 2007.
Alan’s first collection of short stories, ‘Liar Liar’, was published in 2009 and was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award that year. His latest volume, ‘Psychotic Episodes’, has just been released, with the title story already familiar to many after it was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2011.
The stories in Psychotic Episodes are humorous and, in the author’s own words, “anxious”, with the characters in his stories grappling for their place in the scheme of things. Inspired by the stories he himself enjoys, Alan not only draws from Irish and American writers, but also the works of Eastern Europeans, such as William Saroyan and Sergei Dovlatov.
A special launch event will be held at Longford Library this evening, Wednesday at 7.30pm. The special guest reader at the launch will be Aideen Henry, a writer, physician and humanist who will read from her debut collection of short stories, ‘Hugging Thistles’. All are invited to attend.