Feeding Strawberries to Pigs by Gerry Rose

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‘Feeding strawberries to pigs’

‘The people you see when you haven’t got a gun’

‘For every old sock, there’s an old shoe’

‘Be civil, but strange.’

‘Nature shines through the eyes of a cat.’

‘As delicate as bully, when he ate the dishcloth.’

I grew up with these sayings: my parents were Irish immigrants to England so I am the product of my Anglo- Irish upbringing. I live in a world that is in-between two cultures. I used to feel that I belonged nowhere. Now I realise that I have been enriched by these diverse influences and my obsession with these issues has informed my writing.

When I am in Ireland I feel there is a bond with the people and their outlook, but unfortunately for me, when I speak people think I must be English. Many Irish people cannot accept that I am Irish. I also recognise that a part of me is English, and this makes for an interesting creative mix.

These stories seek to show, what it has been like to grow up Irish in England. I have also attempted to explore what being Irish means.

I have also let my imagination wander rather a lot. I hope you enjoy them!


About Gerry Rose

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Gerry Rose grew up in Scotland, graduated in Mathematics & Economics and received his MBA from the University of Edinburgh. He has worked internationally as a management consultant since 1994, working extensively in Europe and the USA, He now spends his time on new business projects and writing, and lives in Buckinghamshire with his wife Lesley and their three children Rebecca, Olivia and Ben.
Published February 17, 2010 by Original Writing. 162 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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