Wednesday 21 March 2018

Louth writer set to showcase work

Louth writer will read excerpts of her work at Irish Writers centre

Writer Tamara O'Connell.
Writer Tamara O'Connell.

Olivia Ryan

A local writer is set to showcase the short story she has produced for XBorders, an innovative cross-border project, bringing writers together to explore and write about borders through fiction and non-fiction.

Tamara O'Connell, a journalist living in Castlebellingham, is due to read an excerpt of her work at The Irish Writers Centre in Dublin on Thursday, September 7.

'I'm really looking forward to sharing my short story t he Sound of a Second Chance, hearing the work of the other participants, and discussing XBorders with attendees at the upcoming showcase,' Tamara told the Argus.

The Louth writer chose an international setting for her work, with he short storset near the Israeli-Egyptian border.

The events take place during the year 1999, and the story is essentially a 'suspense thriller about an expectant couple who are carjacked.

'The story follows Dinah and Ari Coen, an Israeli couple who are driving home after a short holiday in the Sinai peninsula,' said Tamara.

'Dinah and Ari are hijacked close to the Taba border crossing and they both have very different reactions to the dangerous situation.'

She added: 'In that kind of life or death situation, the wrong choice can lead to terrible consequences. What do you do? Run or fight?'

Tamara is one of eighteen emerging writers chosen from across Ireland to take part in the XBorders project.

The participants have been working on the project with cultural theorist Dr Declan Long; security experts Mark Maguire and Eileen Murphy; Blackstaff Press Managing Editor, Patsy Horton; and writer Maria McManus over the past four months.

Alongside the short, Tamara is also currently writing a novel, which she describes as 'a contemporary thriller about a reporter and her life-changing investigation into a gripping scandal.'

The book is expected to be completed at some stage during 2018.

For more information about Tamara O'Connell and her work visit

The Argus