Mary O’Donnell has published two collections of short stories — Strong Pagans and Storm Over Belfast. The story The Space between Louis and me is uncollected and will in due course be part of a new manuscript of short fiction. It was first prize winner in the 2010 FISH International Short Story Competition (selected from over 3,000 entries) and was published that year in the FISH Anthology (www.fishpublishing.com). As a novelist and poet, Mary O’Donnell has often explored marginalised characters and situations, so this story builds on her interest in people and situations that do not quite ‘fit’ what convention asks of them. She was recently been elected onto the Irish Writers Centre’s Board as the Members’ nominee.