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Book Launch: Dance Move by Wendy Erskine

37m Literature 2022

To celebrate the launch of Wendy Erskine’s second short story collection Dance Move (published by Stinging Fly and Picador), in February 2022 the Seamus Heaney Centre and No Alibi’s Bookstore gathered in the Canada Room at Queen’s University Belfast.

The event was introduced by No Alibi’s David Torrans and the Stinging Fly’s Declan Meade, and ends with a message to camera from David Torrans and Wendy Erskine.

About the book: “Meet Drew Lord Haig, called upon to sing the obscure hit from his youth at a paramilitary event. Or Max, who recalls an eventful journey to a Christian film festival. Meet Mrs Dallesandro, in the tanning salon on her wedding anniversary dreaming of a teenage sexual experience.

And Sonya, who scours the streets of Belfast for the missing posters of her dead son. In Dance Move, the new collection of stories from Wendy Erskine, we meet characters who are looking to wrest control of their lives, only to find themselves defined by the moment in their past that marked them. In these stories – as in real life – the funny, the tender and the devastating go hand in hand.

Full of warmth, the familiar and the strange, they are about what it means to live in the world, how far you can end up from where you came from, and what it means to look back.”

The Seamus Heaney Centre




United Kingdom