Our first book from the formidable Melatu Uche Okorie was launched in May 2018 as part of the International Literary Festival Dublin. This Hostel Life tells the stories of migrant women in a hidden Ireland. From a day in the life of women queuing for basic supplies in an Irish direct provision hostel to a young black woman’s depiction of everyday racism in Ireland, her nuanced writing shines a light on the injustice of the direct provision system and on the insidious racism experienced by migrant women living in Ireland. A third story, set in a Nigeria of the past, tells of a woman’s life destroyed by an ancient superstition and her fierce determination to carry on, a quality Okorie believes is universally shared by women. The book was nominated for Newcomer of the Year at the An Post Irish Book Awards.

We are delighted to announce that we now have a free teaching resource available designed to accompany This Hostel Life. The resource was developed by English teachers in The High School, Rathgar, in Dublin to enable the text to be taught with transition year students. The resource is available here Shop