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Out of the Ordinary

Moya Roddy

ISBN: 978-1-912561-13-1

Page Count: 70

Publication Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Cover Artwork: Moya Roddy


About this Book

“These poems – as one might expect from the title – play with the idea of what is ordinary and what, quite definitely, is not. A gentle humour occasionally underpins the tender moments when we discover vast prairies of feeling bound within the cargo of everyday living. A woman, bored with her husband, recalibrates her life for a while with a new, imagined version of love; a Killeen of stillborn babies becomes the trigger-moment of loss for a mother; and a country girl discovers what it is to be different from the more knowing town girls. This is an Ireland some commentators deny exists. But Moya Roddy offers the reader a series of unfiltered snapshots as if to reclaim it. Each poem finds its careful focus, allowing us to remember our own lost moments and enter into dialogue with a poetic voice that is authentic and truth-filled.” 

Mary O’Donnell 


“Stunning and memorable poems.”         

Rita Ann Higgins 


Praise for Moya Roddy’s other work

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, The Irish Times


“… a writer who attained ‘a more complex and contradictory vulnerability’ in her work.” 

Brendan Kennelly, The Irish Times 
(in an article by Katie Donovan)


Other People:

“… very much a literary writer, her breezy style borrows something from the best popular fiction writers; Wordsonthestreet have done short story fans a big service by publishing Moya Roddy ...” 

Kevin Higgins, Galway Advertiser


“… entertaining and thought-provoking … often haunting” 

Eamonn Kelly, Books Ireland 


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


Author Biography

Having left school at seventeen, Dubliner Moya Roddy attended the National College of Art and Trinity Arts Lab as a night student. She continued to paint during a two-year stay in Italy before moving to London where she trained as a television director. Que Sera Sera, which she wrote and directed, won a Sony Award in 1984 and in 1985 the British Film Institute commissioned her to write her first feature film. Several of her screenplays have been optioned in the U.S. and she has worked for Channel 4, BBC, Scottish Television and RTÉ. On her return to Ireland she published a novel The Long Way Home (Attic Press) which was described in the Irish Times as “simply brilliant”. Her collection of short stories Other People (Wordsonthestreet) was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and a radio play Dance Ballerina Dance was shortlisted for the P.J.O’Connor Award. With her partner Pete Mullineaux she’s co-written two plays for GYT and a radio play Butterfly Wings for RTÉ. She did a Portfolio Course in art at GTI (2005); and was awarded an MA in Writing (Hons First Class) from NUIG in 2008.  Although she’s been writing and reading her poetry for many years she only began sending it out recently. Her work was highly commended at the Patrick Kavanagh Awards in 2016 and shortlisted for the Hennessy Award in 2017. 

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