Checking Out And Other Tales

9781908825063 - frontcoverFeisty, irreverent, and poignant, these tales reveal the comedy, pathos, and startling strangeness of everyday life. From the seventy-nine-year-old woman planning to go out with a snort on her next birthday and a gunman reliving the violence of his past as he lays in a hospital bed, to a turkey living on his wits, a woman unexpectedly freed from a loveless marriage, the birth of a tyrant, and a parent-teacher meeting with the mother of a genius.


The characters are melancholy, sexy, funny, bound and unbound as they tell their ever-surprising stories. In these moving, enthralling, witty, and provocative tales, nothing is ever as it seems.


Mary D’Arcy is a native of Co Westmeath, living in Belfast. Her work has appeared on stage and in anthologies, newspapers and magazines.  Her comic poems have been broadcast on RTÉ, BBC NI, and once on London Breakfast Television (Why Couldn’t I have Been Princess Di?). Her novel, Tale of Hoffman, was shortlisted for the Sitric `Win a Book Deal` 2004. In 2006 she was shortlisted for the Brian Moore Award Northern Ireland, and in 2007 for the Stella Artois Pitching Award.  She was twice short-listed for the Fish Prize.  In 2008 she came second in the Mace & Jones Award (Liverpool), and won the Bill Naughton Short Story Competition October of the same year. In 2009 she was winner of the Molly Keane Memorial Creative Writing Award while in the same year her screenplay, Way To Go, was shortlisted for the Waterford Film Festival.  Her novel, Fall of Eve, was on the Harry Bowling longlist 2010.


Her story, Checking Out was optioned by a Northern Ireland production company.  She has in the meantime been collaborating with Jimmy T. Murakami, the filmmaker and veteran of animation, on a project to be animated in the near future. In March 2011 her play for radio In What I Failed To Do was broadcast on BBC Radio 7. In April 2012 her monologue Butter Pats and Climbing Roses was performed as part of Dermot Bolger production, Tea Chest and Dreams, at the Axis Theatre, Ballymun, Dublin. In June 2012 she was among the winners of the weekly Ernest Hemmingway Sunday Independent Magazine’s 6 word story.


“Note well the name Mary D’Arcy.  She totes a saucy pen and could become the funniest Ulster Poet of the year.”   Eddie McIlwaine, Belfast Telegraph 1986 on Mary’s irreverent creation, Terry, a turkey who each year escapes his Christmas fate.




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