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April 2015

SoSS staff member to publish her first book

(17 April 2015)

Jackie O’Callaghan, PA and Administrator in the School of Social Sciences, has been working on a collection of short stories for the last 20 years. These stories have now been compiled into a book which is about to be released by Pegasus/Vanguard Press.

The book, entitled ‘The Dropped Baby and Other Curious Tales’ will be available on Amazon, as well as being on sale in the Blackwell’s bookshop in the University Precinct.

Jackie began writing the book 20 years ago when her young daughter was asleep in the evenings. She said: “I have been a single parent since the age of 30, when my daughter was about three years old, so I have had a lot of time on my hands in the evenings to write and explore how to create ideas and formats.”  

“I started off writing to express myself, as a hobby more than anything. Over the many years I kept writing and I suddenly found that I had produced over 20 fairly decent stories that people seemed to be impressed by, and so have eventually found a publisher that suits me. Between us we have been working on my collection of short stories for about six months now.”

Many of the stories in the book have been influenced by Jackie’s own experiences. She said: “I write about odd relationships between people. I write about loss and surviving it, and about the experience of dying, but it’s not as depressing as it sounds as I aim to give an alternative view on most things I write about. I find human relationships quite fascinating and feel I am always learning about new sides to them.”

The Dropped Baby and Other Curious Tales will be published in late spring 2015 under the pseudonym Jackie Lewis.