By Karl MacDermott
An overweight Mafioso wants to dance like Michael Flatley. A comedian hires an unreliable heckler to disrupt the high profile gig of a rival. A young boy develops a bizarre addiction to communion wafers. Just some of the stories from Juggling With Turnips. A book with very little juggling. And no turnips. Juggling With Turnips contains twenty-three stories of short comic fiction. And stuff in-between about what’s going on with the writer of the stories. As he tries to the find someone to read the stories. Just one person. Anyone. Is that too much to ask? It also contains some extracts from his vast and pointless archive. Seven poems. And one reference to Harry Dean Stanton.
Once described by The Irish Times as ‘arguably one of Ireland’s writers’, Karl MacDermott has one hobby. He collects thimbles. Being of a rather lugubrious nature, this makes him a miserablist digitablist. A recent recipient of the Abernathy Norbert Bunchuk Fellowship, he is currently writer-in-residence at his home in Dublin.
Fiercely funny stories of love, angst, dreams, delusions and failure but also a collection that is sharp, honest, peculiarly Irish and true.– Ardal O’Hanlon