'Roisín O’Donnell is playful and exuberant in her approach to the multi-racial society Ireland is becoming.' - Times Literary Supplement

The short story 'Infinite Landscapes' was published in the award-winning anthology The Long Gaze Back (New Island Books, 2015), edited by writer and journalist, Sinead Glesson.

Taken together, the collected works of these writers reveal an enrapturing, unnerving, and piercingly beautiful mosaic of a lively literary landscape.

Spanning four centuries, The Long Gaze Back features 8 rare stories from deceased luminaries and forerunners, and 22 new stories by some of the most talented Irish women writers working today.

These stories run the gamut from heartbreaking to humorous, but each leaves a lasting impression. They chart the passions, obligations, trials and tribulations of a variety of vividly-drawn characters with unflinching honesty and relentless compassion.

chosen as ‘dublin one city one book’ 2018


Praise for The Long Gaze Back

'The Long Gaze Back is a substantial harvest, a seriously comprehensive and celebratory volume.’ – The Irish Times

'The promise of publications from some of the anthology's emerging contributors - Roisín O'Donnell, EM Reapy - lets us know that the long gaze forward is also looking good.' - Irish Independent

'There’s nothing girly about these stories; there are no cliches.... Instead, this collection represents the richness of women’s lives, past and present. The joy, the compassion, the anger, the sadness. It’s all there.’ – Sunday Independent

'Full of humour and wisdom... (Infinite Landscapes) is a wonderful story about identity and the idiosyncrasies on the blending of two cultures.' - The Book Club Café  

O’Donnell invents a style of Afro-Hibernian fabulism deployed with humour and verve. When she shoots a knowing wink to the magical realists, she keeps the other eye fixed resolutely on the present moment... An extremely artful piece of work.' - STORGY Magazine


Best Irish Published Book of the Year 2015