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Alison Wells was born in London, raised in Kerry and lives in Bray, near Dublin with her husband and four children. A graduate of Communication Studies and Psychology, she is now an enthusiastic librarian. Alison has been awarded residencies at Cill Rialaig, Co. Kerry. Her literary short fiction has been Pushcart prize nominated and shortlisted for Hennessy New Irish Writing, Bridport, BBC Opening Lines and Bray Literary Festival. Writing has appeared in The Stinging Fly, The Lonely Crowd, Crannóg, UK National Flash Fiction anthologies Jawbreakers and Scraps and New Island/RTÉ Arena’s New Planet Cabaret. Eat! was highly commended in the Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair 2019. In 2020 she was a finalist with The Exhibit of Held Breaths. Her Head Above Water blog explores creativity and resilience.
Playful and poignant paeans to the uncertain and arbitrary times we live in, here are stories that read like shards of endurance, of defiance to the wax and wane of life. A courageous, inventive, and rewarding collection.
Alan McMonagle, author of Ithaca and Laura Cassidy’s Walk of Fame
“A genuinely marvellous collection. There's a crystalline quality to the prose that at times dazzles and at others leaves you gasping for breath, but more than anything it's the compulsive nature of the storytelling that will have readers unable to put this collection down. Alison Wells, a very fine writer and clearly one who has honed her craft to mastery, deserves a broad and enthusiastic audience. Random Acts of Optimism ought to do the trick.”
Billy O'Callaghan, author of Life Sentences
Random Acts of Optimism is a witty and tender collection about ordinary people and the distances between them -
Niamh Boyce – Author of The Herbalist and Her Kind.
Random Acts of Optimism by Alison Wells is a lively, highly imaginative and delightful collection of short fiction. This book contains a breath-
At times tender and thought-
Madeleine D’Arcy Author of Waiting for the Bullet and Liberty Terrace
Random Acts of Optimism, short stories by Alison Wells
RRP €16.00 ISBN 9781907017643