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Michael Sheehan

Location: Cork
Facilitates workshops.
Speaks at events.
Speaks to writer groups.
Speaks to book clubs.


Michael Sheehan is a writer of novels, short stories and bad poetry. He lives with his family in Charleville, Co. Cork. In 2017 he won the Over the Edge Short Story Competition & Over the Edge New Writer of the Year Award. In July 2018 Dalzell Press published his book, ‘The Sugar Sugar Café’.
Michael has had short stories short/ long-listed for awards including: Francis McManus, William Trevor, Over the Edge, Penguin/RTE, Hennessy New Irish Writing, Carried in Waves, Glimmer Train and Mercier Press Fiction Competition.


The Sugar Sugar Café

The novel is a series of interlinking episodes and intertwining stories set in a small town in County Cork. It looks at the lives of ordinary individuals in the dark days after the 2008 financial crash. The action centres on the café, a small ‘ greasy spoon’ type in Rathluirc, but encompasses other locations such as Panama and New York, as the story moves from the past to the present, and between comedy and tragedy, and fantasy and grim reality.
A bleak yet compelling narrative, told through the alternating perspectives of each of the key characters, hammers home the extent to which, for so many people, daily life is mostly taken up with a gruelling struggle to simply get by, and isolation and frustration are an inevitable part of the everyday routine. This sense of hopelessness is alleviated, however, by many moments of dark humour – and above all, by the rich and often surprising inner lives of these individuals, into which we as readers, are given a privileged glimpse.
As the novel progresses, each character reaches their own individual point of crisis. Some will look disaster squarely in the face and manage to sidestep its worst consequences; others will plunge with a kind of fatalistic enthusiasm into fresh setback and new worlds of pain.
The common denominator in all of their stories is a realisation that many of the key structures of modern society – family, church, romantic relationships, work, school, the justice system – all the things we are taught to aspire to – are woefully inadequate in helping us navigate the crushing realities of the daily grind.

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