Marie Gethins

My Story from Twisted50 vol 1: The Sugarloaf and the Red Shoes


Favourite quote: 'We cast a shadow on something wherever we stand, and it is no good moving from place to place to save things; because the shadow always follows'  – EM Forster

Marie Gethins’ work has featured in anthologies and literary magazines published in Ireland, US, UK, and New Zealand. A Frank O’Connor Mentorship recipient, she also is a Pushcart, Best of the Short Fictions and British Screenwriters Award nominee.


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'The Sugarloaf and the Red Shoes' by Marie Gethins audiobook excerpt, read by Jenny Hoops

Having suffered through excruciating actor public readings of my stories in the past, I opened the audio file of The Sugarloaf and the Red Shoes experiencing more than a bit of dramatic tension. We are all familiar with ‘The Five Stages of Grief’, but I wonder if writers go through a similar emotional journey.


While the elation of publication and positive reviews may have dissipated, having the work interpreted by an actor sets-up a whole new set of unease.


I took a deep breath and clicked on the arrow.

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The Sugarloaf and the Red Shows Backgrounder by Marie Gethins

Hi my name is Marie Gethins and I have an irrational obsession with dance reality shows.

It started with satisfying curiosity—what faded celebrities and sports stars were willing to do for a second bite of that fame apple. First the introductory stills were enough. Oiled and spray tanned in skimpy costumes, I relished the wave of shock, amusement, and a few times, the horror of the vision they created.


Then I moved onto GIFs the morning after each round of competition. Soon I wasted hours reviewing complete dance clips: rumba, jive, quickstep, cha-cha-cha, jazz, samba, waltz.

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