Author(s): Elizabeth Cunnane
"It's all through her body, oozing into her veins, already in her bones and now seeping out into her organs. The heaviness. The weight. It presses. With a persistence she's been fighting for a long time now. Every minute seems longer than its sixty seconds because of this pressure. By another name, this would be called grief. She knows that. Loss. Part of the 'process'." After presents fifteen stories that explore the period of change following loss. They are informed by a suicide in the author's family, but also a universal story of love and loss. The stories walk the journey of grief, but also of creativity, hope, desire and adventure. This is an exceptional debut of writing from a talented young artist.
Elizabeth Cunnane holds a fine art degree in sculptural glass from Whanganui Quay School of Art, and since graduating in 2010 has managed an art gallery in Hamilton. She has also worked with Habitat for Humanity in Mexico. In 2011 Elizabeth placed in the top ten in an international short story competition, and the story was broadcast on UK radio. In 2012 she was offered a writer's residency at New Pacific Studio in the Wairarapa and it was there that After was written. In March 2013 she took up a second writer's residency at Can Serrat International Art Centre in Barcelona. In her spare time she writes and runs.