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Jim Mullarkey is a fiction writer, psychotherapist and teacher. He was a Labour member of Galway City Council from 1993 to 1999. His story ‘Heaven’ was runner-up in the 2002 RTE Francis McManus Award. ‘Mary up in Donegal’ was short-listed in the same competition in 2005 while yet another of his works ‘First Love’ was long-listed in the Raymond Carver short story award in 2004. Jim has also been long-listed in the Fish short story competition and was runner-up in the 2003 Galway Cúirt Poetry Festival. He read at the first Over the Edge reading in January 2003 and at the inaugural Cúirt Festival/Over The Edge showcase reading in April 2006. His first published work appeared in  West 47. 
In 2011 his first collection of short stories ‘And’ was published by Doire Press with Arts Grant assistance from Galway City Council. This book was longlisted in the 2012 Edge Hill short story book prize. In the same year ‘The Train Back’ was shortlisted in the Powers Irish Whiskey short short story competition.   
In recent years Jim has facilitated creative writing workshops and film for adults with learning difficulties. He is also involved with Ala Community Forum Theatre which uses audience participation in social and political drama.  Jim lives with his family in Galway.           
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