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Jan Carson

Jan Carson is a writer and community arts facilitator based in Belfast. Her first novel, Malcolm Orange Disappears, was published in 2014 to critical acclaim, followed by a short story collection, Children’s Children (2016), and a flash fiction anthology, Postcard Stories (2017). Her work has appeared in numerous journals and on BBC Radio 3 and 4. In 2016 she won the Harper’s Bazaar short story competition and was shortlisted for the Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Prize. She specializes in running arts projects and events with older people, especially those living with dementia. The Fire Starters is her second novel.

Genres: Literary Fiction
New and upcoming books
   The Fire Starters (2019)
   The Raptures (2022)
Novellas and Short Stories
   The Last Resort (2021)
Anthologies edited
   A Little Unsteadily into Light (2022) (with Jane Lugea)
Jan Carson recommends
The Unbroken Beauty of Rosalind Bone (2023)
Alex McCarthy
"Incredibly assured, carefully observed, full of heart. A quietly devastating read which lingers long after the final page."
Falling Animals (2023)
Sheila Armstrong
"A poignant and immersive read, Falling Animals so deftly pitches you into the head of each character you'll lose yourself in this book. Armstrong writes complex and troubling stories with such unflinching graciousness her characters are desperately humane and easy to empathise with. A stunning first novel from one of Ireland's most intriguing new voices."
How to Build a Boat (2023)
Elaine Feeney
"How to Build a Boat is a gentle tsunami of a novel, so beautifully and tenderly crafted you don't even notice you're being swept along. It gets right to the heart of what it means to be broken and searching for community. I can't wait for readers to fall in love with Jamie's refreshingly sideways take on life."

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Anthologies containing stories by Jan Carson
The Black Dreams (2021)
Strange Stories from Northern Ireland
edited by
Reggie Chamberlain-King

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