Colin Barrett was born in 1982 and grew up in County Mayo. In 2009 he completed his MA in Creative Writing at University College Dublin and was awarded the Penguin Ireland Prize. His work has been published in The Stinging Fly magazine and in the anthologies, Sharp Sticks, Driven Nails (Stinging Fly Press, 2010) and Town and Country (Faber and Faber, 2013).
Colin received bursaries from the Arts Council in 2011 and 2013.
Colin Barrett recommends
Born On a Tuesday (2016)
"Elnathan John’s debut coming of age novel is a striking and unnervingly assured depiction of a complex and tumultuous world. John’s writing is controlled and lucid, full of compassion yet fiercely unerring."
The Blood Miracles (2017)
"The Blood Miracles has all the brio, street smarts and vicious linguistic verve of The Glorious Heresies, but with this follow up Lisa McInerney also reminds us just how brilliantly accomplished and ruthlessly focused a storyteller she is."
Reservoir 13 (2017)
"Reservoir 13 is a masterfully paced and grippingly controlled read that finds the shadows, the wildness, in the ordinary heart of a community."
For The Good Times (2019)
"David Keenan's powerful and original new novel about the troubles is intense, violent, eerie, and grizzedly poignant."
Hollow in the Land (2020)
"A beautifully melancholy and worldly book. Clarke's characters may lead quiet, thwarted lives but his prose is generous and electrifying, unjudgmental and assured. A brilliant new talent."
little scratch (2020)
"Reads like the cinders settling in the air after an explosion... daring and completely readable."
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