A collection by the award-winning Connemara author Joe Steve Ó Neachtain.
Contentious issues such as land ownership, domestic violence and religion are all examined by Joe Steve Ó Neachtain in this collection of short stories, Salann Garbh, published by Cló Iar-Chonnacht.
This is the first collection from Ó Neachtain in a number of years. Important social and moral questions are expressed and examined through small local events in this collection, from violence and faith to lineage and land ownership.
There is a sense of heritage and of place in this work and it explores dark and very personal aspects of life. The reader is coerced into examining important issues raised throughout the book, nevertheless Ó Neachtain’s light touch ensures an enjoyable, insightful and compelling read.
Born in An Chré Dhubh in An Spidéal in 1942, Joe Steve has been writing creatively since 1969. His radio drama series Baile an Droichid, broadcast on Raidió na Gaeltachta, 1986 to 1996, received a Jacobs Award. His collection Clochmhóin (1998) received Cló Iar-Chonnacht’s literary award in 1998 and was nominated for The Irish Times Literary Prize the following year. An tOireachtas awarded him ‘Actor of the Year’ earlier this year for his role as Peadar in TG4’s Ros na Rún. He lives in An Chré Dhubh with his wife, Máirín.