Voices : An Open Door Book of Stories - Patricia Scanlan (ed.)

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Featuring writing from Graham Norton, Roddy Doyle, Blindboy Boatclub, Carlo Gébler, Christine Dwyer Hickey, Ciara Geraghty, Colm O’Regan, Deirdre Purcell, Dermot Bolger, Donal Ryan, Emily Hourican, Louise Kennedy, Martina Devlin, Melatu Uche Okorie, Nuala O’Connor, Patricia Scanlan, Patrick Freyne, Paul Perry, Rachael English, Roisín O’Donnell, Ruth Gilligan, Sheila O’Flanagan, Sinead Crowley, Sinead Moriarty, Úna-Minh Kavanagh, Yan Ge and Marita Conlon-McKenna.

ABOUT THE BOOK Did you know that one in six Irish adults find everyday texts, such as a bus timetable, hard to read and understand? A further 37% can read texts written in plain English, but may have difficulties with more complex texts (such as a full-length novel). These startling statistics mean more than half the adult Irish population may not be able to fully enjoy the pleasure of reading.

The Open Door series was founded by Patricia Scanlan and New Island publisher Edwin Higel in the late 90s. Eight series, and forty books later, Open Door has attracted novellas by some of Ireland’s most high-profile Irish writers, including Roddy Doyle, Maeve Binchy, Joseph O’Connor, Marian Keyes and Deirdre Purcell.

2020 marks the fortieth anniversary of NALA, the National Adult Literacy Agency. To mark this occasion, New Island is publishing a once-off anthology by Irish writers, written in Plain English, for emerging readers. Building on the huge success of the series, this anthology is sure to open a new door of wonders for countless readers.

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