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An English girl uses a Nigerian ritual to mourn her beloved grandmother; journalists in pursuit of a story carry out ‘the death knock’; siblings discover hidden aspects of their father’s life when they attend his two very different funerals; a Spanish woman encounters unexpected tenderness and grace in a London hospice; a collector goes in search of ghost stories at a haunted Finnish manor; 1988, 2016, 2017 – what was wrong with those years? – a writer explores how people die, as they do every year; a man invites mourners to express their grief in whatever way they wish in a public park, and gets more than he bargains for.)

A collection of stories by 8 writers, End Notes tackles with compassion, insight and humour changes in the way we view dying, death and bereavement and how best to mourn and commemorate those we love. This Arts & Humanities Research Council (http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/) funded ebook is part of the University of Hull project Crossing Over: New Narratives of Death in the Twenty-first Century

The editors are Ray French and Kath McKay.

ray.french@hull.ac.uk       k.mckay@hull.ac.uk

 RAY FRENCH

For the past 2 years Ray has been a Lector for the Royal Literary Fund’s Reading Round, a new type of reading group.

Ray French is the author of two novels, All This Is Mine, and Going Under (Vintage), The Red Jag & other stories (Planet), and a co-author of Four Fathers (Route). His stories have been published in magazines, Humber Writers anthologies, and Best European Fiction 2013 (Dalkey Archive). Welcome To The Reservation will be published in 2018. He teaches at the University of Hull.

See Ray’s RLF talk on second generation Irish identity, February 2017.

Email: ray.french [@] hull.ac.uk

Twitter: @RayFrench15

KATH MCKAY

Kath McKay, from Liverpool, lives in Leeds. She has published two novels, two full poetry collections, a poetry pamphlet and many short stories. Her latest novel, Hard Wired, (2016, Moth publishers) won the Northern Crime Novel competition and was selected for Read Regional 2017. Her most recent poetry collection is Collision Forces (2015, Wrecking Ball Press). She teaches at the University of Hull.

Email: k.mckay [@] hull.ac.uk

As part of the Arts & Humanities Research Council mission to offer free content End Notes is available worldwide as a free download.

Keywords

Catholics

Commemoration

Death

Dying

Finland

Funerals

Ghosts

Grief

Mourning

Nigeria

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