Dermot Healy wrote intricate and innovative short stories that, along with works by Neil Jordan and Desmond Hogan, relaunched the Irish short story tradition. Set in small-town Ireland and the equally suffocating confines of the Irish expat communities of 1970s London, Healy’s stories show compassion toward the marginalized and the dispossessed. Gathering all of Healy’s stories together for the first time, this collection includes the long prose-drama “After the Off” and Healy’s final short works, “Along the Lines” and “Images.”
Dermot Healy: The Collected Short Stories is part of a multi-volume sequence published by Dalkey Archive Press and edited by Neil Murphy & Keith Hopper. The series also includes Fighting with Shadows (2015), Dermot Healy: Collected Plays (2016), and Dermot Healy: Writing the Sky—Critical Essays and Observations (2016).
Dermot Healy (1947-2014) is the author of the memoir The Bend for Home, the collection Banished Misfortune and Other Stories, and four award-winning novels: Fighting with Shadows, A Goat’s Song, Sudden Times, and Long Time, No See. He also wrote five collections of poems and thirteen stage plays.