Books for Breakfast

45: Wendy Erskine; Ukrainian poetry

March 24, 2022 Peter Sirr and Enda Wyley
Books for Breakfast
45: Wendy Erskine; Ukrainian poetry
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On this morning's show we talk to Wendy Erskine, whose second collection of short stories, Dance Move, has just been published by The Stinging Fly. And we feature two Ukrainian poems: 'Crow, Wheels' by  Lyuba Yakimchuk, with permission from Words without Borders where it first appeared, and Ilya Kaminsky's 'We Lived Happily During the War'  from his acclaimed collection Deaf Republic.

Praise for Wendy Erskine's work:

‘I found Dance Move to be a profound, moving and brilliant collection of short stories.’—Adrian Duncan

‘Wendy Erskine writes a damn good story. She accomplishes something rare in having a style so distinctive that, just a few sentences in, each story is unmistakably hers….’—Caoilinn Hughes

‘Wendy Erskine is the greatest short story writer of her generation. Dance Move is a masterpiece.’—David Keenan

Dance Move is a triumph, each story so perfectly formed, each character vividly set and startling. I could not put this book down and loved every page. Wendy Erskine is a profound and ingenious story teller, a magnificent writer of the highest calibre.’—Salena Godden

Intro/outro music: Colm Mac Con Iomaire, ‘Thou Shalt Not Carry’ from The Hare’s Corner, 2008, with thanks to Colm for permission to use it.

Artwork by Freya Sirr

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