Freya’s book hits the shelves

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A compelling new debut collection of short stories by local writer and broadcaster Freya McClements hits the shelves today.

‘The Dangerous Edge of Things’ is published by the city’s premier publishing house Guildhall Press under their new female-inspired ‘Eve’ imprint.

A former reporter with the ‘Derry Journal’, Freya now works for BBC Radio Foyle. Her debut was launched last night at Central Library and has been widely hailed, with author Felicity McCall describing Freya as: “One of our most exciting new voices in literary fiction.”

The collection came to fruition thanks to a grant from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the vision of Guildhall Press.

The characters that inhabit Freya’s debut are each trying to make their way in a world in which love or lust has pushed them to the very edge of society – and sometimes beyond. Each must adjust to the new reality – or face the consequences.

The 31-year-old, from Culmore, was educated at Oxford, where she captained the Oxford team which won University Challenge in 2004. She was also shortlisted for the Orange/Northern Woman Short Story Prize in 2006 and is currently working on her first novel.

“It was fantastic to see so many people at the launch,” Freya says. “There’s a real sense of achievement in seeing my name on a front cover. It’s an amazing feeling.”

‘The Dangerous Edge of Things’ is in the shops now, and from Guildhall Press’ website: www.ghpress.com and from Amazon.