Literary Programme 2016

Aiden O’Reilly: Greetings, Hero

Aiden O’Reilly: Greetings, Hero

Aiden O’Reilly

Bantry Bookshop

Tue 19 July 2016



Aiden O’Reilly’s stories of one-night stands and fraught relationships, of dreamers, drifters and migrant labourers, an academic crank at war with the legacy of the Roman Empire and a man who assembles a woman from a kit suggest complicated truths about who we are now and where we have come from. Greetings, Hero is a poignant, inventive collection by a writer distinguished by a rich and resonant voice.’ – Ashley Stokes

‘A startling debut – wit and artistry, spliced to an imagination which has real ambition for the short story.’Mike McCormack

‘Beautifully imagined and crafted.’ — Sue Leonard in the Irish Examiner 

‘O’Reilly’s very fine debut offer the reader a series of candid dispatches from a changing Europe. It is a volume defined by a sense of unease… Readers seeking fresh, prickly fiction should listen closely.’ —Val Nolan in the Irish Examiner

‘A quite wonderful book. I really felt like I was seeing things differently, as if I'd been granted another way of looking at the country around me.’ — Joe Horgan

‘It’s a superb collection—fresh, inventive, witty—and the novella-length title story is remarkable.’Danielle McLaughlin

Aiden O’Reilly lived for nine years in Eastern Europe and is now based mainly in Dublin. He studied mathematics, and has worked as translator, building-site worker, mathematics lecturer and property magazine editor. His fiction has appeared in The Stinging Fly, The Dublin Review, Irish Times, Prairie Schooner, 3am magazine and in Unthology 4 and several other anthologies. His plays have been given staged readings at Triskel Arts Centre in Cork, and in Dublin. He won the biannual McLaverty Short Story Award in 2008. He received a bursary from the Arts Council in 2012. His debut short story collection Greetings, Hero was published in November 2014.

Photo of Aiden by John Jordan