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Smokes and Birds

@ James Simpson

Smokes and Birds

‘…atmospheric and beautifully crafted, Smokes and Birds showcases the author’s acute powers of observation… and breadth of imagination’ – Felicity McCall. This debut short story collection has been described as, ‘Surprising runaway brilliance’ – Ian Sansom. 23 original tales intrigue and tickle the imagination, to amuse, challenge and invite reflection. There are Derry stories, Belfast stories and stories set in pre-partition Ireland, unexpected endings, humour and mystery. The collection parades ‘…a colourful and lively cast of characters…’ – Bernie McGill. ‘…stories in which entire lives…are held in the reader’s mind’ – Martina Devlin.

About the Author

After a career in the Health Service in Northern Ireland, James threw himself into writing mainly fiction and was runner up in the Francis McManus Short Story Competition.’ He was later long listed for the RTÉ Guide/Penguin Ireland Short Story Competition and was a finalist in the Irish Novel Fair in 2019. His poetry has been published in the anthology ‘On the Grass When I Arrive’ and his bee keeping story, ‘The Long Spoon’ was published in the Heaney Centre Literary Anthology ‘Blackbird’. His work has been read on Radio Ulster and RTE.

He holds an MA in Creative Writing from Queen’s University Belfast.


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James brings a fresh new northern voice to  Irish Short Story telling. Long listed in RTE Guide/Penguin Short Story Competition he has been runner up in the Francis McManus and a finalist in the Irish Novel Fair. His work has been read on RTE and Radio Ulster. Smokes and Birds is a debut publication. His current project, a novel, aims to, 'capture the colour, the humour, humanity and joy of Derry.'  Reared within sight of Harland and Wolff, he has also lived in Banbridge, Coleraine and Co Donegal. He spreads himself between N Antrim and Derry, the city of his adoption.  He is married to bee keeper Jen, with three children, and two grandchildren. He holds an M.A. with distinction from Queen's University.

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