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Southword Journal showcase
A reading with Gerry Boland & Lane Ashfeldt, moderated by Patrick Cotter.

Gerry BolandLane Ashfeldt

13th September at 2.30pm
Cork Central Library (Grand Parade)
Admission: FREE



Gerry Boland is a poet and author. He was born and lived for much of his life in Dublin and moved to north Roscommon in 1999. His first collection of poems, Watching Clouds, was published by Doghouse Books in 2011, and his second, In the Space Between (Arlen House) appeared in 2016. In 2011 and 2012, O’Brien Press published his trilogy, A Rather Remarkable Grizzly Bear, the first of which, Marco Moves In, was nominated for an Irish Book Award. His first collection of short stories, The Far Side of Happiness is due out in 2017 by Arlen House.

Lane Ashfeldt is the author of the fiction collection  SaltWater, a book of twelve short stories and a novella. She contributed a section on writing historical fiction to Short Circuit: A Guide to the Art of the Short Story. Her historical short story ‘Dancing on Canvey’ won the Fish Short Histories Prize. Other of her stories have appeared in anthologies and literary journals, among them Punk Fiction (Portico), Dancing With Mr Darcy (Honno), Rarebit (Parthian), Southword, The Guardian, The London Magazine, The Lonely Crowd, and the Dublin Review. 




From The Well Short Story Competition reading
A reading with the winning and commended writers

From the Well Competition

13th September at 4pm
Cork Central Library
Admission: FREE

Revolution was the theme of this year’s annual Cork County Library and Arts Service From the Well Short Story competition. The theme was selected to mark the 1916 Centenary but entrants were invited to interpret the theme in its broadest sense. Each year the competition is open to writers over the age of eighteen who are members of any library. Twenty stories were shortlisted by Billy O’Callaghan and a panel of judges including Claire Kilroy and Eimear Ryan for publication in the From the Well anthology (April 2016).


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Quarryman showcase
A reading by selected Quarryman contributors, moderated by Patrick Cotter

The Quarryman

14th September at 2.30pm
Cork Central Library (Grand Parade)
Admission: FREE



Quarryman was the student-run literary journal of UCC throughout the 20th century and was recently relaunched by UCC’s inaugural MA in Creative Writing class. The UCC English Literature Society hope to continue the journal’s legacy. Contributors who will be reading at this event include Cónal Creedon, Donal Hayes, Catherine Kirwan, and Mary Morrissy.




Long Story, Short Journal showcase
A reading by contributors Fiona Whyte & Noel O'Regan, moderated by Editor in Chief Jennifer Matthews

Fiona WhyteNoel O'Regan

14th September at 4pm
Cork Central Library (Grand Parade)
Admission: FREE



Long Story, Short Journal features longer short stories of 4000 words or more. New stories are published monthly, and free to read online.

Fiona Whyte is a writer living in Crosshaven, Co. Cork. Her short stories have been published in Crannóg Magazine, Quarryman, The Hollybough and Long Story, Short and have been shortlisted for the Fish Publishing Short Story Competition, the Listowel Originals competition and the Cork City Library K Award. She has won the Tipperary Premier Short Story Competition. In 2016 she was awarded a Government of Ireland Postgraduate scholarship to pursue a PhD in creative writing at University College Cork. She is currently writing an historical novel based on the life of St Cuthbert.

Noel O'Regan is the recipient of a number of prizes, including the Sean Dunne Young Writer Award and Leonard A. Koval Memorial Prize. His stories have appeared in publications such as Ambit, The Stinging Fly and The Penny Dreadful. A former Kerry County Council Writer in Residence, he has also had work listed for the Writing.ie Irish Short Story of the Year.


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Banshee & The Tangerine: literary journal showcase
Readings by contributors Laura McKenna, Niamh Campbell, Louise Kennedy & Darrah McCausland

Banshee JournalThe Tangerine15th September at 2.30pm
Cork Central Library (Grand Parade)

Admission: FREE



Join us for readings from two of the island’s newest and most dynamic literary journals: Banshee and The Tangerine. Contributors who will read at the event include Laura McKenna, Niamh Campbell, Louise Kennedy, and Darragh McCausland.

Banshee publishes exciting, contemporary and accessible new writing from Ireland and around the world. Now in its fifth issue, it features short stories, flash fiction, poetry and personal essays.

The Tangerine is a Belfast-based magazine of new writing. Founded in 2016, it includes features, reportage, commentary, fiction, poetry, illustration and photography.




The Seán Ó Faoláin Prizegiving
With a reading by the 2017 winner


15th September at 4pm
Cork Central Library (Grand Parade)
Admission: FREE



The Sean O’Faolain Prize is awarded to the best single story entered in competition from anywhere in the world. The first prize is €2000. The winner also receives a week’s residency at the Anam Cara artist retreat in West Cork and publication of their winning story in Southword. The winner, if they choose to travel to Cork for this event, also receives accommodation with meals for the duration of the festival and entry into all events. This occasion is an opportunity to hear the winning story and the judge’s citation from Paul McVeigh. The competition is now closed. Winning, shortlisted and commended stories to be announced in early September.



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