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This Hostel Life

This Hostel Life

Melatu Uche Okorie

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This Hostel Life exposes the injustices and insidious racism experienced by migrants and asylum seekers in Ireland.

‘Melatu Uche Okorie has important things to say – and she does it quite brilliantly. Her language is arresting and inventive, and very entertaining.’  Roddy Doyle

‘These fresh, devastating stories are compelling. Melatu Uche Okorie writes with uncomfortable clarity about things we think we already know. She takes us to places we might not want to go within ourselves and to worlds we haven’t seen before in Irish writing.’   Lia Mills

'Everyone should read This Hostel Life by the heroic Melatu Uche Okorie..., the first laureate of the direct provision catastrophe.'   Sebastian Barry, The Irish Times

The book consists of three short stories by Melatu Uche Okorie, a Nigerian writer living in Ireland, recounting the experiences of migrant women living in 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 writing shines a light on the injustices of the direct provision system, and on the insidious racism experienced by migrants in Ireland.

There is also an essay by Liam Thornton (UCD School of Law) explaining the Irish legal position in relation to asylum seekers and direct provision.

Melatu Uche Okorie is a writer and scholar. Born in Nigeria, she moved to Ireland in 2006. It was during her eight and a half years living in the direct provision system that she began to write. She has an M. Phil. in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Dublin, and has had works published in numerous anthologies.

In 2009, she won the Metro Éireann Writing Award for her story ‘Gathering Thoughts’. She has a strong interest in issues concerning the welfare of asylum seekers and migrant education in Ireland and is currently studying for a PhD in Education at Trinity College, Dublin. 

Additional Information

Author Melatu Uche Okorie
Publisher Independent Publisher
Publication date 19 May 2018
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9781788084918

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