Barrett's collection of short stories was first published in Ireland by the Stinging Fly Press
in 2013, and has been published in the UK this year by Jonathan Cape.
Hard graft: Ladies in the fly press
room at W Evans, a family silverware factory in The Jewellery Quarter founded in 1881.
Behind the frontage of four terraced houses, the workshops retain their original drop stamps and fly presses
. They are packed with thousands of dies for the manufacture of silverware, plus other working equipment, stock and records of the business.
entre la scene et moi la vitre vide sauf elle ventre a terre sanglee dans ses boyaux noirs antennes affolees ailes liees pattes crochues bouche sucant a vide sabrant l'azur s'ecrasant contre l'invisible sous mon pouce impuissant elle fait chavirer la mer et le ciel serein between the vista and me the pane void save it belly down strapped in its black guts crazed antennae, bound wings legs crooked mouthparts sucking on void slashing the blue crushing itself against the invisible under my helpless thumb it convulses sea and quiet sky (14) The image here, in Beckett's poem, of a fly pressed against a window pane calls irresistibly to Dickinson's 'I heard a fly buzz--when I died'.
As Steven Connor and others have demonstrated, the image of the fly pressed against the window pane recurs through Beckett's oeuvre, and each time it does it brings with it associations
Aged 13 working on the shop floor of a sheet metal company on fly presses
5) What was your first wage?
Behind the frontage of four terraced houses, the wor kshops of the firm retain their original drop stamps and fly presses
. They are packed with thousands of dies for the ma nufacture of silverware, as well as the wh ole of the working equipment, stock and records of the business.
We are still operating out of the same premises when the Titanic contract was won and we also have the fly presses
on which the original whistles were pressed.