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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-year stay in Italy, before moving to London where she trained as a television director at the Soho Poly. Que Sera Sera,which she wrote and directed, won a Sony Award in 1983 and the British Film Institute commissioned a full-length feature, I Prefer Freesias in 1985. Several of her screenplays were optioned in America. She worked in television adapting a novel for Scottish TV and in Current Affairs/Documentaries for Channel 4 on programmes such as   Promised the Earth , analysing the UN Decade for Women and was sole writer on the innovative four-part art series Opening Up the Family Album.

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-com Upwardly Mobile. A radio play Dance Ballerina Dance was short-listed for the PJ O'Connor Award and broadcast by RTE. She collaborated with Pete Mullineaux on Butterfly Wings, broadcast on RTE radio in 2010, and two stage plays, Trust Games, (Galway Youth Theatre 2002) and Red Lorry Yellow Lorry – specially commissioned for the 2003 Cuirt International Festival of Literature. She completed an MA in Writing at NUIG in 2008.

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-rider whose sister is a point of light or the distraught seminarian traipsing through snowy Dublin mountains in The End of the Game, Moya’s tenderness towards her characters shines through, while her own relationship to art, nature and the spiritual dimension in life enriches these stories and makes them authentic.

"This is an admirable collection of stories, entertaining and thought-provoking, with a wide variety of theme and character and excellent writing. Containing fourteen pieces, the collection makes for an accessible and often haunting read."

                                                                Books Ireland

The Long Way Home

“… as the novel (began to fall seamlessly together around the character of Jo Nowd, the realisation dawned that it is simply brilliant.”                              
             Victoria White Irish Times

The Day I Gave Neil Jordan a Lift

“… a genuinely comic story … This is beautifully judged and paced and as sad as it is funny.”

                                   Hugh Leonard Sunday Independent

Other People, Short Stories by Moya Roddy

114pp pb RRP 12.00  ISBN 978-1-907017-05-6

Other People