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Belfast Girls – out now in Kindle and paperback editions Danger Danger – out now in Kindle and paperback editions Johnny McClintock’s War: One man’s struggle against the hammer blows of life – out now on Kindle & paperback Angel in Flight: the first Angel Murphy thriller – out now in Kindle and paperback editions Angel in Belfast: the 2nd Angel Murphy thriller – out now in Kindle and paperback editions “Hel’s Angel in Paradise: the 3rd Angel Murphy thriller‚ – out now in Kindle and paperback editions” title=
Not the End of the World: a futuristic comic fantasy novel – out now in Kindle & paperback editions “Dreams, The Seanachie: Tales of Old Seamus – NOW available in Kindle & paperback editions “The “The Lady Molly & The Snapper – NOW available in Kindle & paperback editions order NOW!!
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November 19th, 2010
Ireland's Own: logo

30th Old Seamus story, ‘Dotty Holds On’,
published in ‘Ireland’s Own’ magazine, based in Wexford. (in local shops from November 12th)



November, 2010
Ulster Tatler: logo

Gerry’s short story, ‘Waiting’, published in the ‘Literary Miscellany’ section of
‘Ulster Tatler’ magazine, November issue.


29th October, 2010
North Belfast News: read the interview

‘Belfast Girl at the heart of the story’ - an interview with Gerry
published in ‘North Belfast News’, 29th October, 2010 issue

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25th October, 2010
Speech Therapy: logo

Gerry’s poem, ‘Out of my depth’, published in ‘Speech Therapy’, Issue 2.2
online poetry magazine, produced by Colin Dardis, in Belfast.


On 13th October 2010,
Gerry will be available in Dublin to sign copies of ...


An anthology edited by Philip O’Ceallaigh and including Gerry’s story, Giving Up’:

"This is a brilliant story, and could only be written by someone of Joyce’s blood. Hughie is perfectly porrtrayed, in his ambivalence and weakness and false hopes. His life can be traced by following his wastes. It is a tragic—but inevitable—course. The description of self- deception involved in alcoholism is stunning. Brilliant Gerry. Utterly brilliant."   Charles Bane Jr. (poet, USA)

"An anthology of short fiction from 22 international writers, featuring work from the very best exciting new talent, as well as more established names." (The Stinging Fly Press)

It will be published on 4 October 2010.


Sharp Sticks, Driven Nails,
published by The Stinging Fly Press, Dublin,

... at the book launch - Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2.

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September 17th, 2010
Ireland's Own: logo

29th Old Seamus story, ‘Tim O’Connell’s Visitor’,
published in ‘Ireland’s Own’ magazine, based in Wexford. (in local shops from September 6th)




Aut(h)onomy on the Internet, by Gerry McCullough
Derry, Northern Ireland - August 31, 2010

an article by Gerry in Verbal magazine, published by Verbal Arts Centre, Derry.
(scroll down to pp.12/13 - PDF file may be slow to load!)



Don Booker - The Writing Life and Other Absurdities,
Trim, Co Meath, Ireland - Friday, August 20, 2010

Gerry is Don Booker’s Author In The Zone with an interview on Don’s literary blog about her writing career and the forthcoming publication of her novel, Belfast Girls’, (hopefully available in October 2010).


The Seanachie podcast - Gerry McCullough: - August 19th, 2010

McCafferty’s Prize Pig , (read by Gerry McCullough),
the 4th story in the ‘The Seanachie - Tales of Old Seamus’ series of (29) Irish stories.

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Ye what?, Belfast - 2010-08-09

David Todd’s Ye what? literary blog now contains an article by Gerry regarding the forthcoming publication of her novel, Belfast Girls’, which will probably be available in October 2010.



Night Publishing, UK - 2010-10-18

Gerry’s success on Authonomy.com created quite a bit of interest in Belfast Girls among other publishers, including some offers of publishing deals. After thinking it through, Gerry has decided to go with Night Publishing, an 'Indie' Publishing House founded by two business men who are themselves writers, Tim Roux and Bruce Essar.

Night Publishing produces hard copy paperback books, selling mainly through the Internet. Statistics show that over the past number of years, more books have been sold in this way, online, than over the counter in bookshops. Like indie music, with the emergence of iTunes, indie publishers are taking off in a big way. Belfast Girls should be coming out in October 2010, and will be available on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk, but we'll let you know more details nearer the time.



The Stinging Fly, Dublin - 2010-08-06

The Stinging Fly anthology edited by Philip O√ɬā√ā¬í’Ceallaigh, Sharp Sticks, Driven Nails, (a quotation from Book of Ecclesiastes, 12:11), containing Gerry’s story, Giving Up’, will be published on 4 October 2010, and can be ordered in advance from The Stinging Fly Press., Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com


July, 2010

Authonomy.com: logo ‘Belfast Girls’ reviewed by HarperCollins (Publishers),
on Authonomy.com


Gerry’s novel, ‘Belfast Girls’ has now been reviewed by HarperCollins. On the basis of the first ten thousand words their reader said:

"This is a character-driven story about the three women, their relationships with men and each other, and how they became who they are today. The setting is unusual but intriguing to American audiences, who might not know much about the political situation in Ireland.

"The writing flows smoothly, although the scenes are often short and take place over a number of years. The prologue is fast paced and full of action, bringing the reader right into the story. But the main strength of the writing is the care and detail that is taken with the female characters’ lives, Sheila in particular. The trajectory of her ascending life contrasts nicely with that of her friend Phil, who does not seem to have made the best choices. While Mary seems like a less-developed character at the moment, it sounds like she has the potential to become a good foil to the other two."

The Reader went on to say, however, that the author needed to decide if she wanted the book marketed as women’s fiction or as thriller/suspense, and make some adjustments accordingly. As a fellow writer said, "It’s a good review, they’re just not sure which box the novel should be put in!"

It seems a pity that these days, books are expected to be so genre specific. Meanwhile, several other publishers are showing an interest, so there should be developments soon. Watch this space!

You can still read the Prologue and first 12 chapters of the book on the Authonomy site.


July, 2010
Speech Therapy: logo

Gerry’s poem, ‘The Ravager’, published in ‘Speech Therapy’, Issue 5 (2.1)
online poetry magazine, produced by Colin Dardis, in Belfast.


July 16th, 2010
Ireland's Own: logo

28th Old Seamus story, ‘Letter to Rosie’,
published in ‘Ireland’s Own’ magazine, based in Wexford.



May 1st, 2010

Authonomy.com: logo ‘Belfast Girls’ made it onto the Editor's Desk
on the HarperCollins (Publishers) website, Authonomy.com
(added October 21st, 2009)


Gerry’s novel, ‘Belfast Girls’ was selected on 30th April to be read and reviewed by HarperCollins this month (May), with the possibility of subsequent publication.

You can still read the Prologue and first 12 chapters of the book on the Authonomy site.


April 29th, 2010

BooksNI.Biz The Authonomy Experience


Gerry's article, The Authonomy Experience, published on BooksNI.biz



April 29th, 2010

Interview on Gerry Anderson Gerry Anderson Show - BBC Radio Foyle


Gerry was interviewed briefly on Gerry’s show (22 mins in) about the progress of her book, ‘Belfast Girls’, on Authonomy.com


April 16th, 2010

Arts Council of Northern Ireland: logo Arts Council of Northern Ireland
‘SIAP - Support for the Individual Artist Programme’

grant awarded


Gerry has been awarded a grant from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, ‘SIAP (Support for the Individual Artist Programme)’ - to work with a professional editor on her Irish Short Story Collection, with a view to future publication of the collection.

Gerry is well chuffed!


April 1st, 2010

Authonomy.com: logo ‘Belfast Girls’ at No. 4
on the HarperCollins (Publishers) website, Authonomy.com
(added October 21st, 2009)


Gerry’s novel, ‘Belfast Girls’, has moved from around position 6,000 (at the end of October) on the Authonomy.com website, to currently No.4 (since April 1).

If the book remains in the Top 5 until midnight (BST) on April 30 it is then guaranteed to be read and reviewed by HarperCollins in May, with the possibility of subsequent publication.

You can support Gerry NOW by:

  1. First, registering on the Authonomy.com website (easy!),
  2. Searching for ‘Belfast Girls’
  3. Clicking on ‘Back the book’ (second option)
The book should then appear on your ‘bookshelf’ on the site.
(You can also read the Prologue and first 12 chapters of the book).


April 2nd, 2010
Ireland's Own: logo

27th Old Seamus story, ‘Seamus and the Shell’,
published in ‘Ireland’s Own’ magazine, based in Wexford.


December 25th, 2009
Ireland's Own: logo

26th Old Seamus story, ‘Mixed Resolutions’,
published in ‘Ireland’s Own’ magazine, based in Wexford.


December 4th, 2009
Ireland's Own: logo

25th Old Seamus story, ‘Autumn Games’,
published in ‘Ireland’s Own’ magazine, based in Wexford.


‘OneTwoOne’ book launch - October 22nd, 2009, Belfast

Gerry has an anecdote in the book, ‘OneTwoOne’, published by the Creative Writers’ Network on behalf of Belfast Central Library.

The book consists of photos and memories of the Central Library, which is 121 years old this year; and contains writing by some very well thought of Northern Irish writers - including Sam Millar, Ruth Carr, and Liz Weir, to name only a few. Gerry is very pleased to be published in their company!

The launch of the book will take place in the Central Library, 2nd Floor, Irish Room, on Thursday 22 October 2009, at 6.00 pm. Refreshments will be provided. The book has been produced in a limited edition of 121 copies, at √ā¬£10.00 each, and I hear there are very few left - so if you want a copy, be sure to come along early!


The Stinging Fly, Dublin - 2009-10-18

Gerry√ā¬ís story, ‘Giving Up’, which was commended in the Sean O√ā¬íFaolain Literary Competition recently, has been selected by Philip O Ceallaigh, the judge of the competition, to be included in an Anthology which Philip is compiling for the Stinging Fly Press. The anthology is due to be published in Autumn 2010.


October 16th, 2009
Ireland's Own: logo

24th Old Seamus story, ‘Norah on the Beach,
published in ‘Ireland’s Own’ magazine, based in Wexford.


Aspects Literary Festival, Bangor, Northern Ireland - 2009-09-27

At the final night of Aspects Literary Festival, in Bangor, on Sunday 27 September, Gerry did a reading from her forthcoming book, the comic fantasy, ‘Not the End of the World’. The event was booked out, quite a few of the audience having come to hear Gerry, and the reading was received enthusiastically.


Luciole Press, California

Gerry’s story, Ballystravey, 1988, (aka, The Bee),
published in Luciole Press, California, September 2009


Seán O’Faolain Short Story Competition - 2009-09-04
(Munster Literature Centre)

Gerry’s story, Giving Up - one of her series of Irish short stories - commended in the Seán O’Faolain Short Story Competition, organised by the Munster Literature Centre, Cork - part of the Cork International Literary Festival.

Gerry’s story is one of only two by Northern Ireland writers in the top 27, (of 650 entries!), which were described by the judge, Phillip O’Ceallaigh, as "brilliant and worthy of publication."


The Seanachie podcast - Gerry McCullough: - September 7th, 2009

Annie’s Apple Tree , (read by Gerry McCullough),
the second story in the ‘The Seanachie - Tales of Old Seamus’ series of (24) Irish stories.

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July 24th, 2009
Ireland's Own: logo

23rd Old Seamus story, ‘Andy’s Fifth Birthday,
published in ‘Ireland’s Own’ magazine, based in Wexford.


June 5th, 2009
Ireland's Own: logo

22nd Old Seamus story, ‘Christie’s Wedding,
published in ‘Ireland’s Own’ magazine, based in Wexford.


May 1st, 2009
Ireland's Own: logo

21st Old Seamus story, ‘A present for Mary-Ann’,
published in ‘Ireland’s Own’ magazine, based in Wexford.


Ulla’s Nib - (Creative Writer’s Network) - 2009-04-15 (Spring 2009 issue)

Gerry’s story, Slipping - one of her series of Irish short stories - published in the Spring 2009 issue of Ulla’s Nib magazine, published by the Creative Writer’s Network, Northern Ireland, (winning the Star Prize in that issue).


Gerry McCullough - podcast: - March 18th, 2009

The horse that wouldn‘t gallop, (read by Gerry McCullough),
the second story in the ‘Old Seamus’ series of (21) Irish stories.

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March 12th, 2009
Articles page added


March 11th, 2009
Books pages added


March 7th, 2009
Now on Facebook: Gerry McCullough - Irish writer & poet

Gerry is now on Facebook! - and a new Facebook group,
Gerry McCullough - Irish writer & poet, has recently been set up.
If you are already on FaceBook, join the group NOW!!


January 2nd, 2009
Verbal 21: cover

‘Pink Silk’, another of Gerry’s series of 12 Irish stories,
published in ‘Verbal’ magazine, based in Derry.

(Open pdf file and scroll down to pages 12/13)


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December 26th, 2008
Ireland's Own: logo

20th Old Seamus story, ‘Conor’s White Christmas’,
published in ‘Ireland’s Own’ magazine, based in Wexford.


October 18th, 2008
Ireland's Own: logo

19th Old Seamus story, ‘Barney O’Neill and the Giant Cucumber’,
published in ‘Ireland’s Own’ magazine, based in Wexford.


Gerry McCullough - podcast: - October 7th, 2008

Tale of a teacup, (read by Gerry McCullough),
the first story in the ‘Old Seamus’ series of (20) Irish stories.

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Brazen City
website - 2008-10-03

Gerry’s story, Shadows, one of her series of 12 Irish stories,
has just been published on Belfast’s new Brazen City site.


Gerry McCullough - podcast: - Sept, 2008

Gerry’s award-winning story, Primroses, (read by actress, Kate O’Toole),
plus (soon) Gerry reading her own ‘Old Seamus’ series of Irish stories.

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August 22, 2008
Ireland's Own: logo

18th Old Seamus story, ‘Cait’s Kitten’,
published in ‘Ireland’s Own’ magazine, based in Wexford.


Brian Moore: photo Recently shortlisted for the 2008
Brian Moore Award for short story writers.

The competition, open to writers living in Ireland, or of Irish descent and living abroad, was judged by award-winning local author, Glenn Patterson. 15 stories were shortlisted - and Gerry’s story, ‘Stevie’s Luck’, actually came 6th.


People's Friend, 2008 Annual: click to buy Gerry's story, ‘The Greatest Gift of All ‘, was included among 24 stories in the People's Friend, 2008 Annual.

"With 24 brand-new stories full of nostalgia, humour and romance, we take you through the year season by season. Readers share their memories of special places, inspired by J. Campbell Kerr paintings."

Available from


cuirt05 Winner of Galway Arts Centre’s 2005 Cúirt prize for New Writing - awarded for her short story, ‘Primroses’

At an award ceremony in Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, Middle Street, Galway, the story was read by actress, Kate O’Toole, (daughter of well known actor, Peter O’Toole)

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