Third book for TU Dublin academic … but not on PR
TU Dublin chair of the MA in Public Relations and Public Affairs and Political Communication, Kevin Hora, detoured from PR into literary fiction with the launch of his debut chapbook of short stories, the inaugural winner of the Roscommon County Council Chapbook Bursary.
The collection contains five stories each set in a different capital city at different times, stretching from 1909 Paris, to present day Dublin: a son reflects with his hospitalised father on childhood tragedy in Madrid in the dog days of Franco’s regime; a medical student rebels against the military junta in 1978 Buenos Aires; and a visitor to present-day Oslo falls in with a young woman, but whose secret is murkier?
Judge, Noel King, founder of Doghouse Books, commended the collection: ‘The short fiction of Kevin Hora is unique and alarming, funny and sad.... This chapbook is only the start of what will become an important voice in Irish literature.’
Nuala O’Connor, best-selling author of Joyride to Jupiter, hailed the stories as: ‘Elliptical, poignant and exotic, Kevin Hora's polished short fiction is a joy to read. These are smart stories from a genuine new Irish talent.'
Kevin is the author of two previous non-fiction works on PR, Quick Win Public Relations and Propaganda and Nation Building. Selling the Irish Free State. His chapter in the forthcoming collection of essays honouring Jacqui L’Etang, Public Relations, Society and the Generative Power of History, deals with the advocacy and public affairs activities of Jonathan Dean Swift.