Tracy Fahey They Shut Me Up


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"Life is tough. And then there's The Change...
A woman, ignored and invisible, starts to discover her voice. But who—or what—is speaking though her?
Part body-horror, part feminist fiction, They Shut Me Up poses the question: how can we retell historic female narratives?

"In reclaiming the tale of an Irish “witch,” Tracy Fahey writes about stories—the ones we tell ourselves and the ones others tell about us

. Steeped in Irish history and myth and suffused with women's rage, They Shut Me Up is a luminous recounting of how unearthing the past can liberate us in the present."   —Lynda E. Rucker (The Moon Will Look StrangeNow It’s Dark)

"This is a glorious feminist revisionism of how powerful older women are seen in folklore. Tracy Fahey gives voice to the silenced and it's a battle cry." —Priya Sharma, author of Ormeshadow and Pomegranates.

Shut Me Up poses the question: how can we retell historic female narratives?

About the Author

Tracy Fahey is an Irish writer. She has been twice shortlisted for Best Collection at the British Fantasy Award—in 2017 for The Unheimlich Manoeuvre, and in 2022 for I Spit Myself Out.

Fahey’s short fiction is published in over forty American, British, Australian and Irish anthologies and has been reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement. Sample one of her short stories here. Fahey has lately been Guest of Honour at the UK Ghost Story Festival, Derby 2022 and Fantasticon, Copenhagen 2023. Her fiction writing is supported by residencies in Ireland, Finland and Greece, and most recently, a 2022 Individual Arts Bursary, a 2023 Grant Under The Arts, and a 2023 Saari Fellowship awarded by the Kone Foundation, Finland.

Fahey holds a PhD on the Gothic in visual arts, and her academic writing on the uncanny, the body, and folklore has appeared in Irish, English, Italian, Dutch and Australian edited collections. She is a lecturer and researcher at the Limerick School of Art and Design, TUS.

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