Moya Roddy left school at 17 and attended the National College of Art and Trinity Arts Lab as a night student. She continued painting during a two-
Her debut novel The Long Way Home, (Attic Press 1992), was described as ‘Simply Brilliant' in the Irish Times. They had published her first short story, Biddy's Research, in 1991 and since then she's had numerous stories published including The Day I Gave Neil Jordan A Lift (Anthology of Irish Comic Writing, Penguin/Michael Joseph,) which was broadcast by RTÉ and CBS Canada. Her work has been anthologised in Dublines and the Anthology of Irish Women's Writing, (Bloodaxe). She wrote several episodes for RTE's sit-
Moya combines her writing with facilitating meditation at Brigit's Gardens, Roscahill, GMIT and the National University of Ireland. She also teaches a workshop Writing With Heart uniting writing skills with meditation techniques.
Fourteen stories show a deep understanding and empathy towards the human condition – towards those ‘other people’ who, in the long run, turn out to be just like ourselves.
They take us into the minds and hearts of people feeling betrayed, desperate or trapped as well as the more fortunate ones like Lecky, heroine in The Chemist’s Assistant, who are on the verge of discovering who they are and what they’re capable of. Whether it’s the artist who can’t paint, the tired mother trying to be ‘cool’, the joy-