Colin Barrett

Honoree, 2015 5 Under 35

Colin Barrett was born in 1982 and grew up in County Mayo, Ireland. In 2009 he was awarded the Penguin Ireland Prize.Young Skins won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, the Guardian First Book Award, and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. His stories have appeared in Stinging Fly magazine, A Public Space, Five Dials, andThe New Yorker. Young Skins is his first book.
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Young Skins

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ISBN 9780802123329 Black Cat / Grove Atlantic

Set for the most part in the fictional County Mayo town of Glanbeigh, Colin Barrett’s stories deftly explore the wayward lives and loves of young men and women in contemporary post-boom Ireland. Young Skins offers an utterly unique reading experience and marks the appearance of an arresting and innovative new voice in Irish writing. More about this book >

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Colin Barrett

Colin Barrett was born in 1982 and grew up in County Mayo, Ireland. In 2009 he was awarded the Penguin Ireland Prize.Young Skins won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, the Guardian First Book Award, and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. His stories have appeared in Stinging Fly magazine, A Public Space, Five Dials, andThe New Yorker. Young Skins is his first book.

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