Marie MacSweeney has the ear of a poet and the skill of an
artisan in creating stories that speak directly from the heart.
Louis and Louise by Marie MacSweeney gives us a woman on her fiftieth birthday, a woman whose husband is away, roaming "the open savannahs of the world, prowling, often howling with sex." She's fairly howling herself as she heads off to celebrate alone. It's a sad, cruel story with a Louis Armstrong soundtrack and a dark, dark sense of humour.
Childhood revelations form the epiphany of Marie MacSweeney's A Window facing North. Here a father laments the estrangement of a beloved child. How this came about, and how the conflict is resolved is uniquely and tellingly drawn.
It has been said that to write well you need a talent for humanity. The mature, reflective voice of Looking for Me won first prize for Marie MacSweeney in the 1998 Edgeworth Literary Weekend Short Story Competition.
If you are not already a writer you sure as hell should be