Adam O'Riordan - Author

About the Author

Adam O'Riordan was born in Manchester in 1982 and read English at Oxford University. In 2008 O'Riordan became the youngest Writer in Residence at The Wordsworth Trust, the Centre for British Romanticism. His first collection of poetry, In the Flesh, won a Somerset Maugham Award in 2011. He is Senior Lecturer at the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University. The Burning Ground is his first collection of short stories. adamoriordan.com @oriordanadam

Featured books by Adam O'Riordan

The Burning Ground

The Burning Ground

Author: Adam O'Riordan Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/01/2018

A masterful debut short story collection from the award-winning, critically-acclaimed poet Adam O'Riordan. A man visits his long-distance lover in Los Angeles and forges an unexpected bond with a fellow traveller on the way; a teenager interviews a businessman for his school newspaper and their paths continue to cross, throughout life; the foreman of a desert building project embarks on a journey down the Pacific Coast Highway and into California's underworld when his employer's daughter goes missing; a lonely widower reflects on the past and confronts a disturbing and long suppressed memory; a divorced father tries to reconnect with his son on a hunting trip; an artist finds peace in exile after the disintegration of an affair; and itinerant Brits discuss love and acting in downtown LA.

The Burning Ground

The Burning Ground

Author: Adam O'Riordan Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/01/2017

A masterful debut short story collection from the award-winning, critically-acclaimed poet Adam O'Riordan. A man visits his long-distance lover in Los Angeles and forges an unexpected bond with a fellow traveller on the way; a teenager interviews a businessman for his school newspaper and their paths continue to cross, throughout life; the foreman of a desert building project embarks on a journey down the Pacific Coast Highway and into California's underworld when his employer's daughter goes missing; a lonely widower reflects on the past and confronts a disturbing and long suppressed memory; a divorced father tries to reconnect with his son on a hunting trip; an artist finds peace in exile after the disintegration of an affair; and itinerant Brits discuss love and acting in downtown LA.

Other books by Adam O'Riordan

The Burning Ground

The Burning Ground

Author: Adam O'Riordan Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/01/2018

A masterful debut short story collection from the award-winning, critically-acclaimed poet Adam O'Riordan. A man visits his long-distance lover in Los Angeles and forges an unexpected bond with a fellow traveller on the way; a teenager interviews a businessman for his school newspaper and their paths continue to cross, throughout life; the foreman of a desert building project embarks on a journey down the Pacific Coast Highway and into California's underworld when his employer's daughter goes missing; a lonely widower reflects on the past and confronts a disturbing and long suppressed memory; a divorced father tries to reconnect with his son on a hunting trip; an artist finds peace in exile after the disintegration of an affair; and itinerant Brits discuss love and acting in downtown LA.

The Burning Ground Stories

The Burning Ground Stories

Author: Adam O'Riordan Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/07/2017

Moving from remote, sun-scorched towns to the charged hum of Venice Beach, The Burning Ground is a collection of eight stories populated by men haunted by their past and by their dreams, set against the canvas of California, where beauty and bleakness go hand in hand. In A Thunderstorm in Santa Monica, a man's unmoored lifestyle is reflected back at him after a long flight. In Black Bear in the Snow, a divorced advertising executive tries to rekindle a relationship with his son. And in the title story, The Burning Ground, a painter is haunted by memories of his former lover. The stories take familiar roles-the deadbeat dad, the drifting divorce, the wayward man-and bring them new emotional depth, peeling back the layers to reveal interiors both unexpected and arresting in their complexity. Written with a poet's lyricism and an outsider's keen eye, Adam O'Riordan's insightful work paints an intimate portrait of diverse male lives contending with the potential of the West Coast.

A Herring Famine

A Herring Famine

Author: Adam O'Riordan Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/02/2017

The poems of this dazzling second collection are of contradictory impulses: of abundance and famine, of absence and presence, of endings and new beginnings. Here again are the intelligent, elegant and emotionally potent poems that are O'Riordan's trademark, yet pushes into bolder territories, from a herring famine of 1907 to the Strangeways Prison Riot of 1990. Bounding place and time, and urging into being both the living and the dead, this crystalline collection captures the struggle, folly and wonder of the human heart.

When Love Speaks Poetry and prose for weddings, relationships and married life.

When Love Speaks Poetry and prose for weddings, relationships and married life.

Author: Adam O'Riordan Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/02/2011

The perfect gift for Valentine's Day 'And when Love speaks, the voice of all the gods Makes heaven drowsy with harmony' Love's Labour's Lost, William Shakespeare When Love Speaks brings together the greatest writing on love and commitment - from Donne to Cole Porter, Sappho to P.G. Wodehouse, love letters of the great composers to Edwardian marriage advice. These poems and passages capture high romance and everyday happiness, feverish first love and tender union. This joyful anthology provides a range of unique and inspiring readings for a wedding or civil ceremony. Selected by the poet Adam O'Riordan

In the Flesh

In the Flesh

Author: Adam O'Riordan Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/2010

Adam O'Riordan's remarkable first collection traces the hidden paths from past to present, from the lost to the living, seeking familiarity in a world of 'false trails and disappearing acts'. Here relatives, friends and other absences are coaxed into life and urgently pressed on the reader as they surface, in the flesh. Journeys begin with indelible detail and open into new and astonishing landscapes of the head and the heart. Whether in graceful elegies for the dead or the charged lyrics of love and desire, poems cross space as well as time, from the 'blackened lung' of Victorian Manchester and the fateful events of the 1913 Derby, to enter a modern era of satellites and late night searches for lost lovers. At the heart of the collection lies the sonnet sequence 'Home', a slant look at the lives of William and Dorothy Wordsworth, intersected by more recent, sometimes unsettling, personal portraits. Clear-eyed and sensuous, these are poems linked by a strong sense of place and presence, longing and loss; of history captured in an irrevocable moment. In the Flesh is a startling debut from one of our finest young British poets.

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