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Ryan O’Neill

Pigface and Other Stories

Ryan O’Neill is the author of The Weight of a Human Heart and Their Brilliant Careers. He was born in Glasgow in 1975 and has lived in Africa, Europe and Asia before settling in Newcastle, Australia, with his wife and two daughters. His fiction has appeared in The Best Australian Stories, The Sleepers Almanac, Meanjin, New Australian Stories, Wet Ink, Etchings and Westerly. His work has won the Hal Porter and Roland Robinson awards and been shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Steele Rudd Award and the Age Short-Story Prize. He teaches at the University of Newcastle.


  • In the 2018 Margaret River Story Competition anthology, we take a voyeuristic glimpse into the lives of diverse characters—young and old, unsavoury and righteous, ordinary and bizarre. Although seemingly unconnected, these stories are linked through the commonalities of the universal human experience. Tightly woven stories exploring the familiar threads of grief, regret and disillusionment are told in sometimes poignant, sometimes humorous—yet always illuminating—ways. The short stories in this collection will make you laugh, make you cry, and, hopefully, they will open your eyes to the world around you.

We publish high-end literary fiction, crime and the best short stories currently being written in Australia.

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