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Cork International Short Story Festival 2013
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WEDNESDAY

 

 

The Things We Lose, The Things We Leave Behind
by Billy O'Callaghan
: book launch by a Cork writer

The Things We Lose, The Things We Leave BehindBilly O'Callaghan

Wednesday, 18 September at 2.30pm
Cork Central Library, Grand Parade
Admission: FREE

 

 

 

We are pleased to host the launch of a new collection of stories by a Cork writer.

Billy O'Callaghan was born in Cork in 1974, and is the author of two previous short story collections: In Exile (2008) and In Too Deep (2009). Over the past decade, more than seventy of his stories have appeared in a wide variety of literary journals and magazines around the world.  He has also written for the Irish Examiner, the Evening Echo and the Irish Times.His stories have won and been shortlisted for numerous honours, including the George A. Birmingham Award, the Lunch Hour Stories Prize, the Molly Keane Creative Writing Award, the Sean O’Faolain Award, the RTE Radio 1 Francis MacManus Award, the Faulkner/Wisdom Award, the Glimmer Train Prize and the Writing Spirit Award. http://billyocallaghan.co.uk/en/

 

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'30 Under 30' Anthology: readings by four new writers

Cal DoyleLouise HegartyNoel O'ReganJames O'Sullivan

Wednesday, 18 September at 4pm
Cork Central Library, Grand Parade
Admission: FREE

 

30 under 30 is an anthology edited by Elizabeth Reapy of Wordlegs, published by Doire Press. A selection of mostly Cork contributors will read from this new anthology showcasing Ireland’s youngest fiction-writing talent.

Cal Doyle is a Cork-based writer. He has published poetry widely in journals. He was selected to read as part of Poetry Ireland’s Introductions Series in May 2012 and is poetry editor of Wordlegs.

Louise Hegarty lives in Cork. She won the iYeats Emerging Writer Poetry Competition and has been shortlisted for the RTE Guide/Penguin Ireland Short Story Competition, the Writing Spirit Award 2011, the 2012 Flatt Prize for Literature and the 2012 Over the Edge New Writer of the Year Competition.

Noel O'Regan was born in Tralee. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and is the recipient of a 2012 Leonard A. Koval Memorial Prize. He was the 2nd prize winner in the 2011 Writing Spirit Short Story Award, was longlisted for the 2012 Bristol Short Story Prize. He lives in London.

James O'Sullivan is a native of Cork. He has published a collection of poetry with Lapwing: Kneeling on the Redwood Floor (2011). His work has appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies including Revival, Bray Arts Journal and the Southern Star.

 

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Donal Ryan: reading by 2013 Man Booker Prize Longlistee

Donal Ryan

Wednesday, 18 September at 7pm
Triskel Christchurch, Tobin St, Cork
Tickets available at door.


Donal Ryan was born in a village in North Tipperary, a stroll from the shores of Lough Derg. He now lives and works in Co. Limerick. His debut novel The Spinning Heart was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize this year. The novel is told from the viewpoint of 21 people, each with their own story of struggling to get by, in a rural Munster village after Ireland’s financial collapse. His second novel The Thing About December is due for publication this autumn.   

 

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Etgar Keret & Adam Marek: readings and discussion

Wednesday, 18 September at 8.45pm
Triskel Christchurch, Tobin St, Cork
Tickets available at door.

Adam MarekEtgar Keret

 

 

 

 

Two writers renowned for their offbeat humorous stories.

Etgar Keret is one of the leading voices in Israeli literature and cinema. He is the author of five bestselling collections which have been translated into twenty-nine languages. He has won the Camera d’Or prize at Cannes, received the Chevallier medallion of France’s Order of Arts & Letters and has been shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award twice. http://www.etgarkeret.com/

Adam Marek is the author of two short story collections – Instruction Manual For Swallowing and The Stone Thrower – both published by Comma Press. He won the 2011 Arts Foundation Short Story Fellowship, and was shortlisted for the inaugural Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. His stories have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including Prospect and The Sunday Times Magazine, and The Best British Short Stories 2011 and 2013. Visit Adam online at www.adammarek.co.uk


 

 

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THURSDAY

 

 

Aileen Armstrong & Alan McMonagle: readings & discussion

Alan McMonagleAileen Armstrong
Thursday, 19 September at 2.30pm
Cork Central Library, Grand Parade
Admission: FREE

 

 

A reading and talk with two young writers from the west of Ireland who have just published their first books.

Aileen Armstrong lives in Galway. In 2009 she graduated from the MA in Writing programme at NUIG, and in 2010 she received a Literature Bursary Award from the Arts Council of Ireland. Her writing has been published in The Stinging Fly, Three Times Daily, Cuadrivio, Some Blind Alleys and The Long Story, Short, as well as in the Galway Stories anthology. End of Days, which has received Arts Council funding, is her debut collection of short stories (Doire Press, 2013).

Alan McMonagle is a poet, playwright and short fiction writer living in Galway. He has received awards for his work from the Professional Artists’ Retreat in Yaddo (New York), the Fundación Valparaiso (Spain), the Banff Centre for Creativity (Canada) and the Arts Council of Ireland. He has contributed stories to many journals in Ireland and North America including The Adirondack Review, Natural Bridge, Grain, Prairie Fire, The Stinging Fly and Southword. Liar Liar, his first collection of stories, appeared in 2008 (Wordsonthestreet). The title story from his second collection, Psychotic Episodes, (Arlen House, 2013) was nominated for a 2011 Pushcart Prize. http://www.alanmcmonagle.com/

 

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Dave Lordan & Marie-Helene Bertino: readings & discussion

Marie-Helene BertinoDave Lordan

Thursday, 19 September at 4pm
Cork Central Library, Grand Parade
Admission: FREE

 

 

 

A reading and talk with young prizewinning authors from Ireland and the USA.

Dave Lordan poet, playwright, story writer was born in Derby, England, and grew up in Clonakilty in West Cork. He has published two poetry collections and a book of short fiction First Book of Frags. Among the honours he has received are The Patrick Kavanagh Prize, The Strong Award and Arts Council bursaries. http://davelordanwriter.com/

Marie-Helene Bertino's debut collection of stories, Safe as Houses received The 2012 Iowa Short Fiction Award, The Pushcart Prize, and was long-listed for The Story Prize and The Frank O'Connor International Short Story Prize. Her debut novel, 2 AM at the Cat's Pajamas, is forthcoming from Crown (Picador UK). She was an Emerging Writer Fellow at New York City's Center for Fiction and currently works as a biographer for people living with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). For more information, visit www.mariehelenebertino.com, or follow her on Twitter @mhbertino.  

 

 

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The Graphic Short Story with Etgar Keret & Carol Swain

Thursday, 19 September at 7pm
Triskel Christchurch, Tobin St, Cork
Tickets available at door.

Carol SwainEtgar Keret
 






A projection of graphic short stories by authors with international reputations followed by a live discussion with the authors. WARNING: will feature adult sexual themes, not suitable for under 16s.

Etgar Keret is one of the leading voices in Israeli literature and cinema. He is the author of five bestselling collections which have been translated into twenty-nine languages. He has won the Camera d’Or prize at Cannes, received the Chevallier medallion of France’s Order of Arts & Letters and has been shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award twice. http://www.etgarkeret.com/

Born 1962 in London, Carol Swain was raised in Wales. She studied painting at art college and began publishing her comics in 1987. She has since completed two graphic novels and an anthology. She has completed her third graphic novel entitled Gast. She lives in London.

 

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Deborah Levy & Michèle Roberts: readings and discussion

Michèle RobertsDeborah Levy

Thursday, 19 September at 8.45pm
Triskel Christchurch, Tobin St, Cork
Tickets available at door.


 

Deborah Levy writes fiction, plays and poetry. She is the author of highly praised books including Beautiful Mutants, Swallowing Georgraphy and Billy and Girl. Her most recent novel Swimming Home was shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize, the Specsavers National Book Awards and the Wingate Prize. Black Vodka was shortlisted for this year’s Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award.

Michèle Roberts has published twenty books, among them three collections of short stories, most recently Mud--Stories of Sex and Love, which was shortlisted for the Edgehill Prize. Her novel Daughters of the House won the W.H.Smith Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She is Professor Emeritus at the University of East Anglia, a Fellow of The Royal Society of Literature and a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. She lives in London and in France.

 

 

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FRIDAY

 

 

Gearrscéalta le Angela Bourke & Micheál Ó Conghaile

Micheál Ó ConghaileAngela Bourke

Dé hAoine, 20 Meán Fómhair, 11am
Gael-Taca, Sullivan’s Quay, Corcaigh
Táille: SAOR

 

 

 


Angela Bourke writes in Irish and English, and taught at UCD until recently.  She won The Irish Times Literature Prize for non-fiction in 2000 with The Burning of Bridget Cleary: A True Story, and published Maeve Brennan: Homesick at The New Yorker in 2004.  New Island published her short-story collection in English, By Salt Water, in 1996, but she has published only a few stories in Irish, using the language of songs and folktales to work in her second language. 

Micheál Ó Conghaile was born in Connemara, County Galway. He has published poetry, short stories, a novel, plays, a novella and translations. Among his awards are the Butler Literary Award, the Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year Award, the Stewart Parker Award and a Listowel Writers’ Week Award. His works have been translated into many languages. He is a member of Aosdána.

 

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Angela Bourke & Micheál Ó Conghaile: readings in English

Micheál Ó ConghaileAngela Bourke

Friday, 20 September at 2.30pm
Cork Central Library, Grand Parade
Admission: FREE

 

 

 

Two authors who work in the Irish language will each read a story in English translation.


Angela Bourke writes in Irish and English, and taught at UCD until recently.  She won The Irish Times Literature Prize for non-fiction in 2000 with The Burning of Bridget Cleary: A True Story, and published Maeve Brennan: Homesick at The New Yorker in 2004.  New Island published her short-story collection in English, By Salt Water, in 1996, but she has published only a few stories in Irish, using the language of songs and folktales to work in her second language. 

Micheál Ó Conghaile was born in Connemara, County Galway. He has published poetry, short stories, a novel, plays, a novella and translations. Among his awards are the Butler Literary Award, the Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year Award, the Stewart Parker Award and a Listowel Writers’ Week Award. His works have been translated into many languages. He is a member of Aosdána.

 

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On Preparing a Manuscript: Declan Meade

Declan Meade

Friday, 20 September at 4pm
Cork Central Library, Grand Parade
Admission: FREE

 

 

 

One of Ireland’s leading fiction editors and founder of the Stinging Fly presents a talk on how to prepare your manuscript for publication.

Declan Meade has published and edited The Stinging Fly magazine since 1998. From 1999 to 2004 he edited the James Joyce Bloomsday Magazine for the James Joyce Centre. In 2005 he set up The Stinging Fly Press that he continues to run in tandem with the magazine. He has edited two anthologies of short stories for the imprint, These Are Our Lives (2006) and Let's Be Alone Together (2008). He teaches a module on the business of publishing at the American College Dublin as part of their MFA in Creative Writing. www.stingingfly.org

 

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Culture Night Event: Seán Ó Faoláin Prize & Anthology Launch

Writing Competition

Friday, 20 September at 7pm
Millennium Hall, City Hall, Cork
Admission: FREE

 

The Sean O’Faolain Prize is worth €2,000 and is presented each year to the best single short story under 3,000 words entered in competition. This year’s judge has been Joyce Russell and at time of going to press the winner is unknown.

This year the Munster Literature Centre is proud to present a print anthology of a decade of excellence in the short story form--the winners of the Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Prize 2002 - 2012. This publication includes work by William Wall, Joyce Russell, Jon Boilard and many more.

 

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Culture Night Event: Flash Fiction Rapid Fire

Flash Fiction Rapid Fire

Friday, 20 September at 9.15pm
Millennium Hall, City Hall, Cork
Admission: FREE

 

 

 

In celebration of National Culture Night – a free event consisting of rapid fire readings by a selection of festival authors and specially invited others. Also taking part will be participants of the Flash Fiction Festival Workshop taught by Dave Lordan. Listen to humour, tragedy and sometimes sheer weirdness. Each story will be less than 500 words long so feel free to stay for the whole event or come and go as you please.

 

 

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SATURDAY

 

 

Short Story Anthologies & the editorial process: Discussion

Kevin BarryConsoleTwisted Truths30 under 30

Saturday, 21 September at 2.15 PM
Triskel Christchurch, Tobin St, Cork
Tickets available at door.

Editors and publishers of four recent anthologies discuss the importance of anthologies and the selection process with Irish author Nuala Ni Chonchuir. Participants will include Kevin Barry, Sinéad Gleeson, Micheál Ó Conghaile and Elizabeth Reapy.

 

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Town and Country: New Irish Short Stories. Readings by Julian Gough and Patrick McCabe. Discussion with Kevin Barry.

Saturday, 21 September at 4.15 PM
Triskel Christchurch, Tobin St, Cork

Tickets available at door.

Julian Gough Patrick McCabeKevin Barry

 

 

 

 

 

Two contributors to the recent Faber anthology, Julian Gough and Patrick McCabe will read and participate in a public interview with editor Kevin Barry.

Julian Gough sang on four albums by Toasted Heretic. He is the author of three novels Juno & Juliet, Jude in Ireland and Jude in London and a poetry collection Free Sex Chocolate. He has won the BBC National Short Story Award and has been shortlisted, twice, for the Everyman Bollinger Woodhouse Prize. http://www.juliangough.com/

Patrick McCabe was born in Monaghan in 1955. His novels include The Dead School, The Butcher Boy, Breakfast on Pluto and Winter Wood. He has written for screen and stage and is currently working on a novel and a book of short stories. His latest book Goodbye Mr Fish/Hello Mr Rat will be published September 2013.

Kevin Barry is the author of the story collections Dark Lies The Island and There Are Little Kingdoms and the novel City Of Bohane. He recently won the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize. He has also been awarded the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Prize and the Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel of the Year. His stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Best European Fiction, the Granta Book of the Irish Short Story and many other journals and anthologies. His plays have been performed in Ireland and the US. He also works on screenplays, essays, and graphic stories. He lives in County Sligo.

 

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Steven Heighton & Manuel Gonzales: readings and discussion

Manuel GonzalesSteven Heighton

Saturday, 21 September at 7.15 PM
Triskel Christchurch, Tobin St, Cork
Tickets available at door.


Steven Heighton's most recent books are The Dead Are More Visible (stories) and Workbook, a collection of memos and fragmentary essays. His novel Afterlands appeared in six countries; was a New York Times Book Review editors' choice; was a best of year choice in ten publications in Canada, the USA, and the UK; and has been optioned for film. The Irish Examiner wrote of it, "A terrific read . . . the writing has an understated excellence . . . Heighton's descriptions of life on the ice are magnificent [and] he excels in telling a tale of hardship, madness, love, loyalty and sacrifice."  Heighton's poems and stories have received four gold National Magazine Awards. www.stevenheighton.com

Manuel Gonzales is a graduate of the Columbia University creative writing program. He is currently the executive director of Austin Bat Cave, a non-profit creative writing centre for students aged six to eighteen. The Miniature Wife and Other Stories is his first book.

 

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Alistair MacLeod: reading and interview with Sinéad Gleeson

Alistair MacLeod

Saturday, 21 September at 9 PM
Triskel Christchurch, Tobin St, Cork
Tickets available at door.

 


The Canadian master reads his work and participates in a public interview.  

Alistair MacLeod has long been recognized as one of Canada's greatest short story writers, based on his two collections, Lost Salt Gift of Blood (1976) and As Birds Bring Forth the Sun (1986). His first novel, No Great Mischief (1999) won the Canadian Booksellers Association Library Award, the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Trillium Book Award and the Lannan Literary Award. It has been translated into numerous languages.

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SUNDAY

 

 

Presentation of the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, followed by a reading by 2013 O'Connor Laureate: David Constantine
David Constantine

Sunday, 22 September at 7.30pm
Triskel Christchurch, Tobin Street, Cork
Tickets available at door.



First presented in 2005 when Cork City was European Capital of Culture the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award remains, at €25,000, the world’s most lucrative award for a collection of short stories. By the calibre of its past winners including Yiyun Li, Haruki Murakami, Miranda July, Jhumpa Lahiri, Simon Van Booy, Ron Rash, Edna O’Brien and Nathan Englander, it has also established itself as the world’s most prestigious international short story award. Established and presented by the Munster Literature Centre it is generously funded by Cork City Council. This year’s judges include John F. Deane, poet, publisher and short-story writer; Cathy Galvin, former deputy editor of The Sunday Times and founder of the Sunday Times Short Story Award and curator of the Word Factory in London; Brigid Hughes, former executive editor of The Paris Review and publisher/editor of A Public Space.

Born in Salford in 1944, David Constantine worked for thirty years as a university teacher of German language and literature. He has published several volumes of poetry, most recently, Nine Fathom Deep (2009). He is a translator of Hölderlin, Brecht, Goethe, Kleist, Michaux and Jaccottet. In 2003 his translation of Hans Magnus Enzensberger’s Lighter than Air won the Corneliu M Popescu Prize for European Poetry Translation. His translation of Goethe’s Faust, Part I was published by Penguin in 2005; Part II in April 2009. He is also author of one novel, Davies, and Fields of Fire: A Life of Sir William Hamilton. His three short story collections are Back at the Spike, the highly acclaimed Under the Dam (Comma, 2005), and The Shieling (Comma, 2009), which was shortlisted for the 2010 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Constantine’s story ‘Tea at the Midland’ won the BBC National Short Story Award 2010. He lives in Oxford, where he edits Modern Poetry in Translation with his wife Helen.

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