The Leaking Pen

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This collection of short stories encounters humour and confrontation of young and old in ‘Short Back and Sides’,The Temptation of Adam’ and ‘Grumpy Kelly’. Here the characters go through the journey of growing up and facing life in denial in old age.

Joy, love, raucous wit and a somewhat dark and dubious nature unearths itself in ‘Stephen and Sally’. While in ‘Dampening Down the Heat’, ‘Homeless in the Park’ and ‘Dealing with Remorse’, Max, Amous and David struggle in life with sadness, loneliness and misery.

The characters in ‘Chilling Out’,The Moaner’, ‘The Big Woolly Hat’ and ‘More Rain’ give insight of subtle humour and a side of living in a world of their own.


Tom McElligott’s stories, poetry and photography have featured in several publications; The Clare Champion, The Ravensperch, Limerick Writers’ Centre Anthology No. 12, Limerick City of Culture Anthology The Hearts of Limerick, Second Sight Anthology, Liberties Flash Fiction, Writing – Tell Your Own Story, The Silverstream Journal and University Limerick Ogham Stone Journal. He has written an unpublished novella Meeting Constance.

His debut collection of short stories, A Table for Two was published by Limerick Writers’ Centre in 2017. He has written and illustrated seven books for children aged 3 to 5 years old category.

He was born in Israel. He is married to Alice and they have three children.


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