Sue Rainsford

Posted by Sue Leonard on Sunday 17th June 2018

Sue has always written prose.

“I’ve always read widely too. Every Sunday we went to Waterstones and Hodges Figgis. I read literary fiction with a dash of supernatural YA. I loved Edgar Allen Poe at 10, and at 15 read Raymond Chandler and Ernest Hemingway.”

An award winning Arts writer, who works on various projects with artists, she is interested in the different things writing can do. The idea for her debut came years ago, starting with an image of a father and daughter digging.

“I wrote it during the first term of my MFA, then I put it aside and wrote a novella and some short stories.”

Last September, Sue was invited to take part at an event for Culture Night.

“I read a short  story, and afterwards Dan Bolger of New Island contacted me, asking if I had a novel.”

Who is Sue Rainsford

Date of birth: 17th March, 1988 in Sandymount, Dublin.

Education:  Mount Anville; The Institute of Education, for 5th and 6th year; Trinity College Dublin, Art History with Philosophy; Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Masters in Art Writing; Bennington College, Vermont, MFA in Creative Writing.

Home: Mount Merrion, Dublin.

Family: Fiancé, Conor O’Toole. “We met nine years ago in front square, Trinity.”

The Day Job: Freelance Arts Writer and Researcher. “And I collaborate with artists.”

In Another Life: “I would have liked to be a dancer, or a psychoanalyst.”

Favourite Writers: Eimear McBride; Bhanu Kapil; Anne Carson; Georges Perec, John Berger, Joyce Carol Oates.

Second Novel: “I’m expanding the novella I wrote during my MFA.”

Top Tip: “To write what you’re afraid to know. It keeps things urgent.”

Web: Twitter: @humbird_fuil

The Debut: follow me to ground. New Island Books: €11.95. 

Ada was made from the ground, but she hasn’t come out right. She and her father heal the local townspeople, the Cures. They’re revered, if feared.

When Ada starts an affair with a Cure, Samson, her father isn’t happy. Neither is Samson’s sister, Olivia, who, newly widowed and pregnant, gets a treatment from Ada. Will Ada choose to leave her life for Samson?

“There’s a hidden cost to intimacy – and the cost means different things for different people.”

The Verdict: Strange, but wonderful. Lyrical, and utterly compelling.  

Published in The Irish Examiner on 26th May

© Sue Leonard. 2018

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