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The 32: An Anthology of Irish Working Class Voices

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Unbound have announced the launch of a new anthology of working class writers from across the island of Ireland.

The 32: An Anthology of Irish Working Class Voices will bring together sixteen well known writers with sixteen new and emerging writers, in a collection of memoir and essays on the working-class experience edited by Paul McVeigh.

Paul contributed to this year’s hugely successful Common People, edited by Kit de Waal. The Observer recently described My Name is Leon and Paul’s novel The Good Son as the “exceptional working class novels from the last few years”, and so it seems apt that Kit now passes the baton to Paul for this new Irish project.

Kit says: “Like Common People, The 32 will celebrate our lives and experiences and offer new and emerging writers an opportunity to be published. It’s important, it’s timely, and it’s going to be great. I can hardly wait to read it.”

The 32 will include original pieces from some of Ireland’s best known writers, including Roddy Doyle, Lisa McInerney, Kevin Barry, Melatu Uche Okorie, Rick O’Shea, Dermot Bolger, and many more. The sixteen new writers will be selected by an open call, and Paul will be working closely with the Cork World Book Festival, Irish Writers Centre, Munster Literature Centre, and Words Ireland to provide additional support.

Paul says: “I’m honoured to be editing this important anthology. As a working class boy from Belfast, I didn’t think I could be a writer. I didn’t see my world portrayed in books and I didn’t see examples of people like me writing books. I hope this book will change that for future generations.”

Too often, working class writers find that the hurdles they have to leap are higher and harder to cross than for writers from more affluent backgrounds. The 32 will see writers who have made that leap reach back to give a helping hand to those coming up behind.

The 32: An Anthology of Irish Working Class Voices is available to pledge now on Unbound:


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