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From the Well
a reading by the competition winners from
the 'Smoke in the Rain' anthology. Event moderated by Billy O'Callaghan.


Smoke in the Rain

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


Each year the Cork County Library and Arts Service From the Well Short Story 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). The winning story, 'Smoke in the Rain' was written by Anne O'Leary. Reading along with Anne will be two writers also recognised in the competition: Tadhg Coakley and Mary Rose McCarthy

"This year's winning entry, by Anne O'Leary, is a beautifully written, poignant story, whose form, as well as its narritive, perfectly captures the continuity of life and the cyclical nature of human experience. The main protagonist is drawn with a depth of understanding that should not be possible in such a short piece, but becomes so through the skill of the author, creating a thoroughly rounded central character on whom to anchor the story." --from County Librarian Eileen O'Brien's forward

Anne O’Leary lives in Glanmire, Co Cork. She was shortlisted for the Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award 2016 and 2017, placed second in the UCC/Carried In Waves Short Story Competition 2015, was longlisted for the Greenbean Novel Fair 2016 at the Irish Writers’ Centre and the RTE Guide/Penguin Ireland Short Story Competition 2015. Her work has been published in Halo, Spontaneity, The Incubator and the Sunday People newspaper.

Tadhg Coakley lives in Cork. In 2017 he graduated with an M.A. in Creative Writing in U.C.C., focusing on short-form fiction. His stories have been published in Quarryman and Silver Apples. His short film MEmorial to the Moment was published in The Cine-Files. His story hows tommy boy was selected to be read at the West Cork Literary Festival, in 2016. His first short story collection, The All-Ireland, has been shortlisted for the Mercier Press Fiction Prize, 2017.

Having gone round in circles living in London, Sierra Leone and Dublin, Mary Rose McCarthy is now back where she started in West Cork. She writes in an attempt to make sense of the world. She has written two, as yet unpublished, novels and has started a third.



Anne O'Leary homepage

Tadhg Coakley homepage

Mary Rose McCarthy homepage

Cork County Library and Arts Service


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