SaltWater is a collection of more than a dozen short stories, set in a sweep of coastal areas around the world, from Sherkin Island in County Cork to the faraway shores of New Zealand. Taking place against a backdrop of foam and brine, of shipwrecks and storms, the stories are often inspired by real events, both contemporary and historical. Veering between family tragedy, the excitement of teen love and short, sharp observations of daily life, SaltWater brings to life the rich tapestry of the human experience.
Included in this collection are several stories that have been shortlisted for or have won fiction prizes. ‘Catching the Tap-Tap to Cayes de Jacmel’ won the Global Short Story Prize, UK. ‘Dancing on Canvey’ won the Fish Short Histories Prize, Ireland. ‘SaltWater’ was shortlisted for the HG Wells Prize, UK. This collection, SaltWater, was longlisted for the 2014 Frank O’Connor Short Story prize.