Valerie O'Riordan

Valerie O'Riordan

Valerie O'Riordan is co-editor both of The Manchester Review and of Bookmunch. Her fiction has been published widely and her chapbook Enough (2012) is available from Gumbo Press. She was won or been shortlisted for numerous story competitions, including the Bristol Prize and the Bridport Prize. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Manchester, where she is currently finishing up her PhD - a study of narrativity and time in contemporary short story cycles.


Valerie O'Riordan in 60 seconds

When did you start writing?

2008 Birmingham, England

What do you love about Short Stories?

Short stories have a pithy intensity that other forms of fiction often lack.

Do you write in other forms?


What distracts you from writing?

Family, partly, and my academic work, and also all the books that need reading...

Outside of writing, what are your other passions?

Running, rock-climbing, films.

What is your favourite book?

Chris Adrian's The Children's Hospital.

Who are your favourite writers?

Hilary Mantel, Denis Johnson and Annie Proulx

Where is your dream location?


What one item would you put into Room 101?

Cheese. All the cheeses.

Do you have any advice for new writers?

Read and edit; read and edit; read and edit...

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