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Bernie McGill lives in Portstewart in Northern Ireland. She is the author of two novels: The Butterfly Cabinet and The Watch House, which was shortlisted in 2019 for the Irish/European Union Prize for Literature. Her work has been translated into Dutch (Charlotte’s vleugels) and into Italian (La donna che collezionava farfalle and Le parole nell’aria).

Sleepwalkers, Bernie's collection of short stories, was published in May 2013 by Whittrick Press and shortlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2014. The title story was first prizewinner in the Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Contest (US) and the collection includes 'Home', a supplementary prizewinner in the 2010 Bridport Short Story Prize and 'No Angel', Second Prizewinner in the Seán
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Bernie Mcgill I don't really believe in writer's block. There are certainly times when the writing comes more easily than others, but when it doesn't, you can alway…moreI don't really believe in writer's block. There are certainly times when the writing comes more easily than others, but when it doesn't, you can always write something else or read something or go somewhere or talk to someone and all of those things are part of the process. If I get stuck with the novel, I work on short stories. They're my guilty pleasure. (less)
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Back to School

The weather in these parts has the distinct feel of Autumn about it just now, a season I always associate with the true beginning of the year. It’s probably got a lot to do with all those years spent at school and University, followed by more years of ferrying offspring to school (and now also to University), but I think it’s to do, as well, with the changing of the seasons, the lengthening of sha

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"This book is really something special and reading it has proved total addiction as the author plays expertly with my emotions often leading me down the path of utter shock. What at first glance might seem a pleasant tale about the inhabitants of Rath" Read more of this review »
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"In brief - Dark, lilting, poetic, satisfying... 4.5/5.

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The start of this book is wonderfully dark and bleak. It caught my interest immediately. Set mainly in 1898 & 1899 on Rathlin island in Ireland I found this book rather special. After the " Read more of this review »
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"Opening in April 1899, on Rathlin Island, off the coast of Ireland, the book begins with the birth of a child. The story then goes back in time to February 1898.

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