White Leaves of Peace — Tracey Iceton
Northern Ireland, Good Friday, 1998. The Belfast Peace Agreement is signed, the Troubles are officially over. This should be the start of a new life for nine year-old Cian Duffy. But growing up in peace-torn Belfast is not easy and, when the sectarian conflicts of the present collide with his mother’s IRA past, Cian is forced to search for that new life elsewhere.
UK, 23 June, 2016: Britain votes for Brexit and new troubles threaten. Amid seismic political changes, Cian must somehow confront both the past and the future. Because peace is hard won — you have to fight for it.
Through her story, Tracey gives life to the histories of so many men, women, and children during this period, creating a beacon for recognition of their untold stories. The author truly captures that the fire of history can shed a bright light, but that it can also cast a long, dark shadow into the future.
Case Coordinator for the Hooded Men of 1971
White Leaves of Peace is a novel of youthful identities, the identities of individuals and the identities of nations. A fine-drawn novel of person and place.
Editor, New Writing
Tracey Iceton is an author and creative writing tutor from Teesside with a PhD in creative writing from Northumbria University. A qualified English teacher, experienced in delivering creating writing courses and workshops, Tracey won the 2013 HISSAC short story prize for ‘Butterfly Wings’, was runner up in the 2013 and 2014 Cinnamon Press short story competitions with ‘Slag’ and ‘As the world (re)turns’, which appeared in the anthologies Journey Planner and Patria. She also won the 2011 Writers Block NE Home Tomorrow Short Story Competition and has been shortlisted for the 2012 Bristol Short Story Competition with ‘Apple Shot’ and the 2015 Mslexia Women’s Short Story Competition for ‘Ask Not’. Green Dawn at St Enda’s, her debut novel and part one of her Celtic Colours Trilogy, was published by Cinnamon Press in 2016. Part two, Herself Alone in Orange Rain, came out in 2017. This final part of the trilogy, White Leaves of Peace, was published in 2019.
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Tracey regularly reads her work at literary events. Her stories have appeared in; Prole, Litro, Neon, Tears in the Fence, The Momaya Annual Review, The Yellow Room and Writer’s Muse. For more information about her writing and research visit Tracey’s site.