Saturday, 18 May, 2019 – 4 – 5.30 p.m.

West Dunbartonshire Festival of Words

Dumbarton Library, Strathleven Place, Dumbarton G82 1BD

Sweet Home is the debut short story collection of Wendy Erskine which has aroused great interest and critical acclaim. A reclusive cult-rock icon ends his days in the street where he was born; a lonely woman is fascinated by her niqab-wearing neighbours; a husband and wife become enmeshed in the lives of the young couple they pay to do their cleaning and gardening. The stories are set in contemporary East Belfast and Wendy Erskine explores her characters’ struggles with a robust honesty, wry humour and compassion. The themes they explore are universal and will resonate strongly with readers’ experiences.
Wendy graduated from Glasgow University and lives in Belfast. Her work has been published in The Stinging Fly, Stinging Fly Stories and Female Lines: New Writing by Women from Northern Ireland (New Island Books) and her story, His Mother, featured on BBC Radio 4. Leading publisher, Picador, has picked up the international rights for Sweet Home.

booked 14 - 19 May

‘These wonderful stories of people and place are deceptively smooth, stealthily complicated. Each one’s a sweet but stiff cocktail. They go down easy, but soon your head starts to pitch and you realise you’ve been hit with a wallop.’
—Gavin Corbett

Hosted by West Dunbartonshire Council Libraries

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