James Linnane is a poet and storyteller from Crushoa in County Galway, whose writing charts the extraordinary and sometimes harsh realities of circumstance and place. Part of a diaspora who settled in Meath, he treads the uneven and oft-times hostile environments of urban and rural divides – and always with a humour and ear for dialogue and cultural shift.
Whether it is Dublin nightlife or the suburbs of Boston or New York, he tells it as it was and is – a world of hard men, navvies, barkeeps, builders. It is an always heartfelt and often irreverent account of a life on the hard side though, there is beauty here too, as when writing of childhood, of breath-taking vistas and, in the end, of what will be will be.
In Leaving Galway, his first collection of short stories, he draws upon all of the above (from boyhood escapades through personal trauma, to the hardship of building sites, the struggle for Irish independence to later troubles) and leaves you with an interesting and entertaining mix that will keep you turning the pages.
An activist and volunteer worker, he now lives in Ballivor, Co. Meath with his wife, Karen and daughters, Amber and Stephanie.
Leaving Galway by James Linnane Fiction, short stories, Irish authors, contemporary 212 printed pages, paperback First published in 2016 ISBN: 978-1536978063
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