About Rose McGinty

Rose is a writer and painter. Her debut novel Electric Souk was published by Urbane Publications in March 2017, Urbane Publications and launched at the Half Moon Theatre, London. She completed this novel under the guidance of Richard Skinner, Director, The Faber Academy. She read from Electric Souk at Vanguard Readings in December 2015 in London, the Margate Bookie in August 2016, Margate Bookie, and the Lindfield Arts festival in September, Lindfield. She is booked to read at events in London and Canterbury in 2017, and will be returning to the Margate Bookie.

Rose enjoys writing short stories, poetry and flash fiction and has won a number of competitions, including:

  • Winner of the inaugural Kent Life magazine short story competition with her story, Dreamland, published in the April 2016 issue and aired on Channel Radio, Kent Life
  • Winner of the Scottish Ghost Story competition 2016 for her story A Kentish Longtail, which was read out at the Festival of Dreams at the Scottish National Library in October 2016.
  • Winner of the Faber Academy flash fiction, Quick fic, competition, for her story, The Clearing, (15 January 2016), Faber Academy
  • Runner up in the Faber flash fiction, Quick fic, competition, for her story, The Sting, (6 March 2015).
  • Short listed for the Words with Jam short story competition 2016.
  • Shortlisted for the Galway RCC 2016 poetry competition.
  • Winner of the April 2016 Retreat West flash fiction competition for her story The Last Judgement –  for a retreat weekend in Dorset with Paul McVeigh, acclaimed author of The Good Son, Retreat West 

Rose is now writing her second novel, a psychological thriller; and is also working on a collection of short stories and poetry.

Rose studied literature at the University of Kent, Canterbury and her M.Phil at Trinity College, Dublin. She lives in England, where she works for the NHS. She has also worked in Ireland and overseas in Sweden, Canada and the Middle East.

Electric Souk

img_5849Humanity blisters in this haunting, lyrical thriller about trust and treachery

Ireland’s gone bust, and with it Aisling Finn’s life. She flees austerity for adventure in the desert. But the Arabia she finds is not that of her dreams. Everyone is chasing a fast buck, a fast woman and another G&T. Expats and locals alike prickle with paranoia.

Debonair fixer, Brian Rothmann, charms Aisling with champagne brunches and nights at Bedouin camps. But is Brian a hero or another desperate expat prepared to go to any lengths to get what he wants? Is this Aisling? Or is he using her as bait? Her only hope is Hisham, a local activist. But where do his loyalties lie?

Aisling faces severe peril when the expat and desert worlds collide, as the Arab Spring erupts. She has to ask, whom can she trust? Can she trust her instincts?

Available from Urbane Publications, independent book stores, Waterstones, Foyles, Easons, WH Smith and from Amazon.

This blog

Through this blog site, as well as sharing news about my writing, I will share memories from my time in the Middle East.  These inspired and form the back drop to my novel. I hope you enjoy reading these posts as a forerunner to my novel’s publication.  Thank you for visiting my site and I welcome your comments.

2 responses to “About Rose McGinty

  1. Congratulations and best wishes for your novel debut! I’m glad to have found your blog, and look forward to following your work! Thank you also for the ‘follow’. 🙂 Best, Nadia

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