Tara West

Tara West

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Tara's research examines the topic of social mobility in the Northern Irish working-class community using Bourdieu’s thinking tools to analyse depictions of the “divided self” in post-Agreement fiction. 

She has an MA in Creative Writing from Queen’s University Belfast and is the author of novels Fodder (Blackstaff Press 2002) and Poets Are Eaten as a Delicacy in Japan (Liberties Press, 2014) and has short stories published in The Glass Shore (New Island Press, 2016) and Female Lines (New Island Press, 2017). Her memoir of depression and recovery, The Upside of Down, is published by Dalzell Press and is available from No Alibis, The Secret Bookshelf and Amazon.  

She was selected for 2020-21’s BBC Writersroom Belfast Voices and is currently developing a TV series with their support. She won an RTÉ Storyland commission for her first drama ‘The Good Christian Women’s Writing Group’ for which she was nominated for the 2019 Royal Television Society’s Debut Writer Award. She works on slate development with production companies AfroMic and Poli Productions, and in 2021 received a BBC Radio 4 Short Works commission for her story 'You Forgot Me First'.