My name is Colm O’Shea and I grew up in Leixlip. County Kildare, though I now live and work in Dublin.
I am a writer. I write. Like any other writer I try to find that space which I can call my ‘voice’. That is, the bits and pieces that appear on the page which come from me and not just regurgitated pieces of whatever else I may have read. I’m not trying to pretend I’m doing something that’s never been done before. I know we’re all fed and nourished by our influences. These different voices get filtered through our own experiences and sensations to become what we create ourselves, the ‘voice’ part I was speaking about.
I write short stories and I write novels. The style, for want of a better word, is my own. I’ve been called a ‘hardboiled modernist’, which is something I have to admit I’m very proud of, even if I haven’t exactly figured out what it means, but I like it all the same.
My main influences include writers such as Samuel Beckett, Henry Miller, Anais Nin, Patrick Hamilton, Edna O’Brien, Richard Yates, Marguerite Duras, Aidan Higgins and Clarice Lispector, and some which will probably go towards explaining the ‘hardboiled modernist’ tag including masters of Noir such as Derek Raymond, David Goodis, Georges Simenon, David Peace and Cathi Unsworth. This is nowhere near an exhaustive list, just those that jump out at me.
In March 2012 I was one of the inaugural winners of the Irish Writers’ Centre, Novel Fair Competition.
I have had short stories published in The Bohemyth, gorse, 3AM: Magazine and Hotel.
In 2014 I was nominated for the First Fiction Award at the Hennessy Literary Awards