GOLDDIGGER BY HILARY McCOLLUM
Available from Bella Books and Amazon
Winner of the Golden Crown Literary Society Award for Historical Fiction, 2016
“Fans of Sarah Waters will love the rich description and tight pace of Golddigger, but McCollum’s carefully constructed 19th century world is the real gold of the book. Fantastic.” (She Magazine)
Everything that mattered to Frances Moriarty was left behind in famine-ravaged Ireland, including the love of her life. Beset with grief and guilt, she is scraping out a shadowy existence as a New York shoeshine boy when word spreads: gold lines the riverbeds of California. Determined to find her fortune, Frances sets out on the overland trek to California’s gold fields. But her steps are haunted by the past.
”a beautifully rendered tale of love, loss and hope… a magnificent re-imagining of lesbian love.” (Libraries NI)
“Golddigger is an extraordinary achievement. The characters and what happened to them will stay with me for a long time.” Helen Morales, Author of Pilgrimage to Dollywood
“I loved Golddigger. It is an amazing tale of love and heartbreak told with a grace that builds and flows. I was compelled to turn the pages.” Amanda Gay Love, Queer Sexuality Educator
My name is Hilary McCollum and I am a writer, storyteller and campaigner living in northwest Ireland. Golddigger is my first novel. My award-winning play, Life and Love: Lesbian Style, explores the highs and lows of lesbian existence. My childhood memoir, Funny Peculiar, was published in 2008. In December 2016, my lesbian pirate play about the perils of religious fundamentalism, The Pirates of Portrush, was performed in the Barracks in Belfast. Pirates was developed with the support of an ACES award from the Arts Council NI.
I have contributed to the development of LGBT creative voices in Ireland as a founding member of Foyle lesbian and bisexual women’s writing group and northwest LGBT playwrights and as a board member of Outburst Queer Arts Festival. I am currently working on a novel set in the British suffragette movement with support from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
I have been a feminist activist for more than 25 years, campaigning primarily on the issue of violence against women and children, and remain committed to working for genuine liberation, equality and justice.