Gallery Attendant, 37

A new short story from Wendy Erskine, written in 48 hours as part of our Great Big Giant Short Story Experiment.

Fiction 4th July 2024


‘The drawer beside Roberta’s bed contained remnants of other people’s fun: a small mother-of-pearl box, inlaid with gold, a lipstick that was a stripe of fuchsia, a lucky charm in the shape of a dollar sign.’

Fiction 21st October 2022

Gloria and Max

'Gloria! he said, not loud enough. Gloria! he shouted again. It sounded ridiculous, like some kind of dreadful Van Morrison tribute act. Gloria!'

Fiction 3rd March 2021

The True One

The story of Gil Courtney shows us that, when it comes to making things up, some people really just want to believe. And who can blame them?

Essay 13th March 2019

Sweet Home

The Stinging Fly Press is proud to introduce the debut collection by Wendy Erskine, an essential new voice in Irish fiction.

the soul has no skin

Fiction Issue 38, Volume 2: Summer 2018

Darker With The Lights On

Two characters discuss the ins-and-outs of David Hayden's debut collection of stories, a book full of other books.

Criticism 1st May 2018

September, October

Sarah Ladipo Manyika's Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun is a work operating within the memento mori tradition of death being ever present—and closer, closer still.

Blog Post Criticism 7th November 2016

To All Their Dues

Fiction Issue 34, Volume 2: Summer 2016

Wendy Erskine

Wendy Erskine lives in Belfast. Her debut collection, Sweet Home, was published by The Stinging Fly Press in Sept 2018 and Picador in 2019, has been translated into Italian and Arabic and optioned for TV. It won the 2020 Butler Literary Award, was shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize 2019 and longlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize 2019. The story 'Inakeen' was longlisted for the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Prize 2019. Sweet Home was Book of the Year in the Guardian, The White Review, Observer, New Statesman, and TLS. Wendy's second collection of stories, Dance Move, was published in February 2022.