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Online bookings can be made by credit card until Friday 12th September. Thereafter, all purchases must be in cash at the event door.  A full set of tickets for Triskel events cost €78 at full price. A full set can be prebooked online for €50 up until September 1st. The concession rate is the lower of the two admission prices displayed and applies to pensioners, students and the unemployed. Admission may be blocked after an event begins. Refunds will be given only if an event is cancelled.

 

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TUESDAY

 

Richard FordRichard Ford

Event presented in association with University College Cork School of English

Tuesday, 16 September at 8pm
Triskel Christchurch
Admission: €15 / €12 concs.

 


Richard Ford is one of the world’s most famous authors. He has published seven novels including The Sportswriter and Canada and three collections of short stories. This autumn a fourth short story collection is forthcoming, as is Let Me Be Frank With You – a new novel featuring his character Frank Bascombe.

 

 

WEDNESDAY

 

Órfhlaith FoyleValerie SirrÓrfhlaith Foyle & Valerie Sirr

Wednesday, 17 September at 2.30pm
Cork Central Library, Grand Parade
Admission: FREE

 

 

Órfhlaith Foyle was born in Africa to Irish parents. Her first novel Belios was published by The Lilliput Press in 2005. Revenge, an anthology of her poetry and short fiction was published by Arlen House also in 2005. Her first full collection of poetry Red Riding Hood’s Dilemma was published by Arlen House in 2010 and later short-listed for the Rupert and Eithne Strong Award in 2011. Her first full collection of short stories Somewhere in Minnesota and Other Stories was published by Arlen House in 2011. The title story was also published in Faber and Faber’s New Irish Short Stories; edited by Joseph O’ Connor. Órfhlaith is currently writing her second novel. Arlen House have published her second collection of stories, Clemency Browne Dreams of Gin, this year.

Valerie Sirr’s debut collection of short stories is The Beautiful Rooms (Arlen House, 2014). Her short stories, short shorts, and poems are published in Ireland, UK, US, Australia and Asia. Honours include 2007 Hennessy New Irish Writer Award, Arts Council of Ireland literature bursaries, and other national and international literature awards. She holds an M. Phil. in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Dublin. For more information visit Valerie online at valeriesirr.wordpress.com

 

 

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Madeleine D'ArcySun WeiMadeleine D'Arcy & Sun Wei

Wednesday, 17 September at 4pm
Cork Central Library, Grand Parade
Admission: FREE

 

 

Madeleine D'Arcy lives in Cork City. In 2010 she received the Hennessy First Fiction Award and the overall Hennessy Award of New Irish Writer. Her début short story collection, ‘Waiting For The Bullet’ was published by Doire Press in April 2014. She’s currently a scholarship student on the inaugural MA in Creative Writing at University College Cork. For more information, please go to madeleinedarcy.com

Sun Wei is a Chinese novelist, short-story writer and essayist. She was born in 1973 in Shanghai and grew up in a family of intellectuals. She received her B.A. in Journalism from Fudan University in 1996 and her Master’s degree in International Business Administration from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics in 2001. She started writing fairy tales and novels in her teenage years. In her 20s, she worked as a director at Shanghai Television Station and later as the General Manager of a state-owned media company specialized in documentary and TV column production. In 2003, she quit her job and became a full-time writer and then she went into a period of maturation and high productivity. She regards writing as her fate and believes that a writer has an obligation to truthfully describe the times he/she lives in with his/her individual judgment.

 

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Nuala Ní ChonchúirMatt RaderNuala Ní Chonchúir & Matt Rader

Wednesday, 17 September at 7pm
Triskel Christchurch, Tobin St, Cork
Admission: €8 / €6 concs.



Nuala Ní Chonchúir was born in Dublin in 1970; she lives in East Galway. Her critically acclaimed first novel YOU was published in 2010 by New Island. The same publisher brought out her fourth short story collection Mother America in 2012. A chapbook of flash Of Dublin and Other Fictions was published in the US in late 2013 by Tower Press and Nuala’s second novel The Closet of Savage Mementos appeared in April 2014 from New Island. Penguin USA and Penguin Canada will publish Nuala’s third novel, Miss Emily, about the poet Emily Dickinson and her Irish maid, in 2015.

Matt Rader is the author of three books of poems: A Doctor Pedalled Her Bicycle over the River Arno (House of Anansi, 2011), Living Things (Nightwood Editions, 2008), and Miraculous Hours (Nightwood Editions, 2005), which was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and long-listed for the ReLit Award. His fiction, non-fiction, and poetry have appeared in The Walrus, Prism International, The Fiddlehead, and two editions of Best Canadian Poetry, as well as many other publications across North America, Europe, and Australia. Rader’s poetry and fiction has also been nominated for numerous awards, including the Journey Prize, the National Magazine Award, and the Pushcart Prize. Born and raised on Vancouver Island, he is core faculty in the Creative Studies Department at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. House of Anansi are publishing his first collection of short stories this year.


 

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Kristiina EhinRachel TreziseKristiina Ehin & Rachel Trezise

Wednesday, 17 September at 8.45pm
Triskel Christchurch, Tobin St, Cork
Admission: €8 / €6 concs.


 

Kristiina Ehin is the author of the short story collection Walker on Water. An internationally renowned poet, her collection The Drums of Silence was awarded the British Poetry Society Popescu Prize for European Poetry in Translation in 2007, and her collection 1001 Winters has been nominated for the same prize in 2013.  In her native Estonia, Ehin has published six volumes of poetry, three books of short stories and a retelling of South-Estonian folk tales. She has written plays, as well as poetic radio broadcasts.

Rachel Trezise was born in Wales, where she still lives. Her debut novel In and Out of the Goldfish Bowl won a place on the Orange Futures List in 2002. Harpers & Queen magazine voted her New Face of Literature, 2003. In 2006 her first short story collection, Fresh Apples won the inaugural International Dylan Thomas Prize. in 2014. Her second collection of short stories Cosmic Latte won Readers’ Choice in The Edge Hill Short Story Prize this year. racheltrezise.co.uk

 

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THURSDAY

 

Jon BoilardBrendan MathewsJon Boilard & Brendan Mathews

Event presented in association with University College Cork School of English

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


 

Jon Boilard was born and raised in Western Massachusetts. He has been living and writing in Northern California since 1986. His short stories have been published in literary journals in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia. His first novel A River Closely Watched was published by MacAdam Cage in 2012. His second novel The Castaway Lounge will be published next year. He was winner of the Seán Ó Faolain Prize in 2004. jonboilard.com

Brendan Mathews is the author of the novel THE WORLD OF TOMORROW and the short story collection LEAVETAKINGS, both forthcoming from Little, Brown & Co. His stories have twice appeared in Best American Short Stories (2010 and 2014) and in Virginia Quarterly Review, Southern Review, Cincinnati Review, and other magazines in the United States and UK. He is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to Ireland and an Artist Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. He teaches at Bard College at Simon’s Rock.

 

 

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Patrick ChapmanJaki McCarrickPatrick Chapman
& Jaki McCarrick

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

 

Patrick Chapman has published six collections of poetry and one of short stories The Wow Signal (2007). A volume of two novellas The Negative Cutter has been published this year by Arlen House. He has written for film, radio and television including the Dr Who audio drama 'Fear of the Daleks' and the children’s tv series Garth and Bev.

Jaki McCarrick lives in Dundalk and has an M.Phil in Creative writing from Trinity. She is a playwright and short story writer and working on a novel. She has won many awards for her work including the Wasafiri Prize for New Writing and the SCDA National Playwriting Competition. Her debut short story collection The Scattering was shortlisted for the 2014 Edgehill Award.

 

 

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Lynn CoadyAlison MacLeodLynn Coady & Alison MacLeod

Thursday, 18 September at 7pm
Triskel Christchurch, Tobin St, Cork
Admission: €8 / €6 concs.


 

Lynn Coady was born and raised in Nova Scotia. She is the author of four novels and two short story collections. Her collection Hellgoing won the 2013 Giller Prize – Canada’s most prestigious literary award for fiction. She has written several plays, and contributes regularly to The Globe and Mail.

Alison MacLeod is a novelist, short story writer and essayist. Her third and most recent novel, Unexploded (Hamish Hamilton/Penguin Books), was long-listed for The 2013 Man-Booker Prize and selected as one of The Observer’s 'Books of the Year'.  Her previous works include the novels The Changeling (Macmillan, 1996) and The Wave Theory of Angels (Hamish Hamilton/Penguin 2005). She is also the author of the short story collection Fifteen Modern Tales of Attraction (Penguin, 2007).  Her stories have been widely published in the UK and abroad, and broadcast on the BBC.   In 2008 she was awarded the Society of Authors’ Prize for Short Fiction, in 2011 she was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award, and in 2012 she was long-listed for The International Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award.   She has also won Writers Awards from Arts Council England and the Canada Council for the Arts.

 

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Hisham BustaniClive SinclairHisham Bustani
& Clive Sinclair

Thursday, 18 September at 8.45pm
Triskel Christchurch, Tobin St, Cork
Admission: €8 / €6 concs.

 

Hisham Bustani  (b. 1975, Amman, Jordan) writes fiction and has four published collections of short fiction: Of Love and Death (2008), The Monotonous Chaos of Existence (2010), The Perception of Meaning (2012), and Preludes to a Stalled Disintegration (2014). The German review Inamo has chosen him as one of the Arab world’s emerging and influential new writers, translating one of his stories into German for its special issue on “New Arab Literature” (No. 60, December 2009). He was listed among the best six contemporary Jordanian writers by theculturetrip.com. Acclaimed for his contemporary themes, style, and language, he experiments with the boundaries of narration and poetry.

Clive Sinclair was born in 1948. He grew up in North London and later studied at the universities of East Anglia and California at Santa Cruz. Sinclair has published four novels: Bibliosexuality: a novel (1973), Blood Libels (1985), Cosmetic Effects (1989) and Augustus Rex (1992). His short story collections include Bedbugs (1982), The Lady with the Laptop and Other Stories (1996) Clive Sinclair’s True Tales of the Wild West (2008) and Death and Texas (2014). His non-fiction works include The Brothers Singer (1983), a study of the Jewish-American writers Isaac Bashevis Singer and his brother Israel Joshua Singer, the memoir Diaspora Blues: A View of Israel (1987), and the autobiographical A Soap Opera From Hell: Essays on the Facts of Life and the Facts of Death (1998). He has returned to the Universities of East Anglia and Santa Cruz as a Guest Lecturer, specialising in creative writing, detective fiction, gothic fiction and Holocaust literature.

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FRIDAY: National Culture Night
In honour of National Culture Night, all events are free of charge!

 

Charles BoyleMay Lan TanCharles Boyle & May-Lan Tan

Friday, 19 September at 2.30pm
Cork Central Library, Grand Parade
Admission: FREE

 

 


Charles Boyle has published a number of poetry collections (for which he was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot, Forward and Whitbread Prizes), a short novel (winner of the 2008 McKitterick Prize) and two books combining text and photography. He runs the small press CB editions. Last year he published his first book of stories The Manet Girl, with Salt Publishing.

May-Lan Tan grew up in colonial Hong Kong and was educated in British and American schools. Her parents are Dutch-speaking Chinese immigrants from Indonesia. She holds a BA in Fine Art and an MA in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths College. May-Lan's fiction has been published in Zoetrope: All-Story, Areté, and The Reader. Her debut collection, Things to Make and Break, was published by CB editions in March 2014.

 

 

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The Word Factory presents Writing from Northern Ireland

Lucy CaldwellPaul McVeighBernie McGill

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

 

Lucy Caldwell was born in Belfast in 1981. She is the author of three novels and several plays and is currently working on her debut short story collection. Stories from the collection have so far been shortlisted for the BBC International Short Story Award and won the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Canada & Europe). Her website is lucycaldwell.com

Paul McVeigh's short stories have been published in anthologies and journals and been commissioned by BBC Radio 4. He recently read his work alongside David Nicholls on BBC Radio 5, at Belfast Book Festival and the International Conference on the Short Story in Vienna. Paul is the Director of the London Short Story Festival and is Deputy Editor at London's Word Factory. His novel 'The Good Son' is forthcoming from Salt Publishing  in 2015.

Bernie McGill is the author of Sleepwalkers, a short story collection short-listed for the Edge Hill Prize in 2014, and of the novel The Butterfly Cabinet. Her short fiction has been placed in the Seán Ó Faoláin, the Bridport, and the Michael McLaverty Short Story Prizes and she won the Zoetrope: All-Story Award in the US in 2010. She lives in Portstewart in Northern Ireland with her family. berniemcgill.com

 

 

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Writing CompetitionJohn W. SextonYoung Cork Poets
with John W. Sexton

Friday, 19 September at 5pm
Millennium Hall, City Hall, Cork
Admission: FREE

 

A very special reading by gifted Young Cork Poets who have participated in a writing workshop with John W. Sexton: Máirín-Rua Ní Aodha, Hassan Baker & Thomas Carr.

John W. Sexton is the author of five poetry collections including Petit Mal (Revival Press, 2009) and The Offspring of the Moon (Salmon Poetry, 2013). He also created and wrote The Ivory Tower for RTÉ Radio, which ran to over one hundred half-hour episodes from 1999 to 2002. Two novels based on the characters from this series have been published by the O’Brien Press: The Johnny Coffin Diaries and Johnny Coffin School-Dazed, which have been translated into both Italian and Serbian. He is a past nominee for The Hennessy Literary Award and his poem 'The Green Owl' won the Listowel Poetry Prize 2007. Also in 2007 he was awarded a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in Poetry.


 

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Louise O'NeillLouise O'Neill

Friday, 19 September at 6pm
Millennium Hall, City Hall, Cork
Admission: FREE

 

 

Louise O'Neill is from Clonakilty in West Cork. After graduating from Trinity College Dublin with an honours BA in English Studies, she moved to New York to work for the senior Style Director of ELLE magazine. She returned to Ireland in 2011 to write her critically acclaimed debut novel, Only Ever Yours, which has been described as The Handmaid’s Tale meets Mean Girls.

 

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Flash FictionFlash Fiction: Rapid Fire

Friday, 19 September at 6.45pm - 8pm
Waterstones, Patrick's Street, 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. 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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Seán Ó Faoláín CompetitionSeán Ó Faoláin Prize Presentation & Cork Literary Miscellany

Friday, 19 September at 8.30pm
Millennium Hall, City Hall, Cork
Admission: FREE

 

As part of National Culture Night, the presentation of a prestigious prize followed by a miscellany of Cork writers and musicians presenting a varied programme, full of memoir, history, humour, and sadness. Each piece is five minutes long so feel free to stay for the whole event or come and go as you please. Among the featured writers: William Wall, Mary Leland, Cónal Creedon, Liadain O'Donovan, Alannah Hopkin, Madeleine D'Arcy, Doireann Ní Ghríofa and Joseph Sweeney.

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 the winner is American writer Susan Maeir-Moul. Click here to view all winning and commended authors.

 

 

 

 

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SATURDAY

 

 

The Long and the Short of It: a discussion on long form fiction.

Nuala Ní ChonchúirPatrick ChapmanJennifer Matthews

Saturday, 20 September at 2.15 PM
Triskel Christchurch, Tobin St, Cork
Admission: €7 / €5 concs.


A discussion on long forms in fiction, including long short stories, novellas and novels. Moderated by Long Story, Short Journal editor Jennifer Matthews with writers Nuala Ní Chonchúir and Patrick Chapman.

Nuala Ní Chonchúir was born in Dublin in 1970; she lives in East Galway. Her critically acclaimed first novel YOU was published in 2010 by New Island. The same publisher brought out her fourth short story collection Mother America in 2012. A chapbook of flash Of Dublin and Other Fictions was published in the US in late 2013 by Tower Press and Nuala’s second novel The Closet of Savage Mementos appeared in April 2014 from New Island. Penguin USA and Penguin Canada will publish Nuala’s third novel, Miss Emily, about the poet Emily Dickinson and her Irish maid, in 2015.

Patrick Chapman has published six collections of poetry and one of short stories The Wow Signal (2007). A volume of two novellas The Negative Cutter has been published this year by Arlen House. He has written for film, radio and television including the Dr Who audio drama 'Fear of the Daleks' and the children’s tv series Garth and Bev.

Jennifer Matthews writes poetry and book reviews, and is editor of the Long Story Short literary journal. Her poetry has been published in The Stinging Fly, Mslexia, Revival, Necessary Fiction, Poetry Salzburg, Foma & Fontanelles and Cork Literary Review, and anthologised in Dedalus's collection of immigrant poetry in Ireland, Landing Places (2010).

 

 

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Laura Van Den BergSalley VickersLaura van den Berg
& Salley Vickers

Saturday, 20 September at 4.15 PM
Triskel Christchurch, Tobin St, Cork

Admission: €8 / €6 concs.

 

 

Laura van den Berg was raised in Florida and earned her M.F.A. at Emerson College. Her first collection of stories, WHAT THE WORLD WILL LOOK LIKE WHEN ALL THE WATER LEAVES US (Dzanc Books, 2009), was a Barnes & Noble "Discover Great New Writers" selection and shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Award. Her second collection of stories, THE ISLE OF YOUTH, published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in November 2013, won the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters and was named a "Best Book of 2013" by over a dozen venues, and was also shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Her first novel, FIND ME, will be published by FSG in February 2015. The recipient of a 2014 O. Henry Award, Laura currently lives in the Boston area and is the 2014-2015 Faculty Fellow in Fiction at Colby College.

Salley Vickers (born 1948 in Liverpool) has published eight novels including the word-of-mouth bestseller Miss Garnet's Angel, Mr. Golightly's Holiday, The Other Side of You and Where Three Roads Meet, a retelling of the Oedipus myth to Sigmund Freud in the last months of his life. Her short stories are collected in the volume Aphrodite’s Hat.

 

 

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Book Launch: Davy Byrnes Short Story Award 2014 Anthology with readings by Sara Baume & Danielle McLaughlin

Sara BaumeDanielle McLaughlin

Saturday, 20 September at 7 PM
Triskel Christchurch, Tobin St, Cork
Admission: €8 / €6 concs.

 

 


Sara Baume was born in Lancashire in 1984. She grew up in Co Cork and studied fine art at Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design before completing the MPhil in creative writing at Trinity College Dublin. Her short stories have been published in the Moth, the Stinging Fly and the Irish Independent as part of the Hennessy New Irish Writing series. Her reviews and articles on visual art and books have also appeared online and in print. Her debut novel, Spill Simmer Falter Wither, will be published by Tramp Press next year.

Danielle McLaughlin lives in County Cork. Her stories have been published widely in periodicals and anthologies. She won the Writing Spirit Award for Fiction 2010, a WOW!2 Award for Fiction in 2011, the From the Well Short Story Competition 2012, and the William Trevor/Elizabeth Bowen International Short Story Competition 2012. A full length collection is due from Stinging Fly Press in 2015.

 

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Presentation of the 2014 Frank O'Connor Short Story Award with reading by Colin Barrett

Young SkinsColin Barrett

Saturday, 20 September at 8.45 PM
Triskel Christchurch, Tobin St, Cork
Admission: €8 / €6 concs.

 

 



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.

Colin Barrett was born in 1982 and grew up in County Mayo. In 2009 he completed his MA in Creative Writing at University College Dublin and was awarded the Penguin Ireland Prize. His work has been published in The Stinging Fly magazine and in the anthologies, Sharp Sticks, Driven Nails (Stinging Fly Press, 2010) and Town and Country (Faber and Faber, 2013). Barrett received bursaries from the Arts Council in 2011 and 2013. Young Skins his first collection of stories and won the 2014 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award.

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