First published in Great Britain in 2018

by Carcanet Press Limited Alliance House, 30 Cross Street

Manchester m2 7aq

Text copyright © Martina Evans, 2018. The right of Martina Evans to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted byher in accordance with the

Copyright, Designs & Patents Act of 1988.

All rights reserved.

A cip catalogue record for this book is available from

the British Library, isbn 9781784105785.

The publisher acknowledges financial assistance

from Arts Council England.

T An earlier version of the first eight monologues appeared in The Stinging Fly 33:2 (Spring 2016). The author acknowledges

the invaluable support of The Royal LiteraryFund.

This book would never have been written without

the inspiration & help of Louise Ryan in its

earlystages twentyyears ago.