Join Cathy Sweeney and Adrian Duncan for the virtual launch of Midfield Dynamo on Thursday 25th March. This very special event kicks off at 6pm and will feature Cathy and Adrian discussing Irish writing, Russian writing and short stories. It will be broadcast on the Lilliput Press YouTube channel.
Midfield Dynamo is Adrian’s first collection of short stories. These modern stories have been written over the past decade, with a number having been previously published in The Moth, The Stinging Fly, Dublin Review. The remainder are brand new. These energetic tales are peopled by the loose figures of young artists, footballers and artisan engineers as they act out against backgrounds ranging from Dublin’s Northside to Hamburg, Abu Dhabi and Accra.
Taking inspiration from his childhood fascination with football team formations, Duncan arranges this collection with an eye to how each piece interacts with the others: ‘While looking at a starting eleven and imagining the team’s possible patterns of movement on the field of play, one question always prevails: What is behind all of this?’
With two novels and one short story collection published in the same number of years, the Lilliput Press is proud to present this new collection as Adrian Duncan quickly gains international attention. Recently winning the inaugural John McGahern Annual Book Prize and being shortlisted for the inaugural Dalkey Literary Award for Emerging Writer, Duncan’s prowess grows with each work.
Adrian Duncan, born in County Longford, is a Berlin-based visual artist who originally trained as an engineer. His short fiction has appeared in literary journals both in Ireland and the USA. His acclaimed debut novel, Love Notes from a German Building Site, was published by The Lilliput Press and Head of Zeus in 2019, was shortlisted for the Dalkey Literary Emerging Writer Award and won the inaugural John McGahern Annual Book Prize. His second novel, A Sabbatical in Leipzig, was published by the Lilliput Press in 2020.
Cathy Sweeney is a writer living in Dublin. Her short fiction has been published in the Stinging Fly, the Dublin Review, Egress, Winter Papers, Banshee, the Tangerine and has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Modern Times, Cathy Sweeney’s wonderfully inventive debut collection offers snapshots of an unsettling, dislocated world. Surprising and uncanny, funny and transgressive, these stories only look like distortions of reality.