September 28th

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Seán O’Faoláin Prize Reading & Southword 37 Launch

southword3.00pm, Cork Arts Theatre

€5.00Box Office

The Seán O’Faoláin Prize is awarded to the best single story entered in competition from anywhere in the world. The first prize is €2,000. 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. This year's first prize winner is Mike Allen, who will be reading his winning story Come Closer at this event. He was born in London and graduated with a BA from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2010 and from the University of East Anglia with an MFA in Prose Fiction in 2017. In 2019, he was awarded an Escalator prize by the UK National Centre for Writing. He is working on his first collection of short stories. A full list of 2019 winners, shortlistees and highly commended writers can be found at

At this event, we are also launching issue 37 of Southword: New International Writing, with new fiction by Sara Maitland, new poetry by David Harsent, a personal essay by Sandra Beasley and an in-depth interview with Neil Jordan, plus many more new poems and stories. Four short story contributors to this issue will read: Sara Maitland, Donal McLaughlin, Niamh Bagnell and Brian Ó Faoláin.

Julian Barnes in conversation with Nadine O'Regan

barnes4.30pm, Cork Arts Theatre


Julian Barnes is the author of several books of stories, essays, a translation of Alphonse Daudet’s In the Land of Pain, and numerous novels, including the 2011 Man Booker Prize winning novel The Sense of an Ending and the acclaimed The Noise of Time. His other recent publications include Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art and The Only Story.

“...through his precise attention to the marvels of love and his perfect stylistic accompaniments … Barnes has once again shown himself capable of transforming the mundane and ephemeral into the lyrical and lasting.” – Thomas J. Millay, Los Angeles Review of Books

“Barnes writes with such shattering emotional acuity.” – Lucy Scholes, The Independent

Nadine O'Regan is Books and Arts Editor with the Sunday Business Post, as well as a columnist and feature writer. She is also a voiceover artist, TV contributor and award-winning broadcaster.

Nicole Flattery & Lucy Sweeney Byrne in conversation with Sarah Byrne

flattery7.30pm, Cork Arts Theatre

€5.00Box Office

Nicole Flattery's work has been published in The Irish Times, The Dublin Review, The White Review, Winter Papers and The Stinging Fly. She won The White Review Short Story Prize in 2017, and is a recipient of a Next Generation Artists’ Award from the Arts Council. Show Them a Good Time is her first collection, published by The Stinging Fly Press and Bloomsbury in 2019.

“The stories are tragicomic and deliciously odd. The author writes sentences that make you laugh, and then immediately want to reread to savour a striking image.” – Sam Mills, The Spectator

byrneLucy Sweeney Byrne is a writer of short stories, essays and poetry. Her work has appeared in Banshee, The Stinging Fly, The Dublin Review, Grist, and the anthology Stinging Fly Stories (2018). Her first collection, Paris Syndrome, will be published by Banshee Press in September 2019.

“…experimental and gorgeous and gritty and sexy and clever.” – Claire Hennessy, The Irish Times

Sarah Byrne is a writer and editor based in Co. Cork. Her poetry has appeared in in various anthologies and journals. She is founding editor of the poetry journal, The Well Review.


Kevin Barry & Peter Murphy in conversation with Nadine O'Regan

barry9.00pm, Cork Arts Theatre

€5.00Box Office

Kevin Barry is the author of the novels Night Boat to Tangier, Beatlebone, and City of Bohane and the story collections Dark Lies the Island and There Are Little Kingdoms. His awards include the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Goldsmiths Prize and the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize. His stories have appeared in The New Yorker and elsewhere.

“Barry’s sensibility is eerie; he is attuned to spirits, to malevolent presences, the psychic tundra around us. But what distinguishes this book beyond its humour, terror and beauty of description is its moral perception. For this is no liberal forgiveness tract for naughty boys: it is a plunging spiritual immersion into the parlous souls of wrongful men.” – Alan Warner, The Guardian

murphyPeter Murphy is the author of two novels, John the Revelator (2009) and Shall We Gather at the River (2013), both published by Faber & Faber. He has been nominated for the Costa First Novel Award, Kerry Group Fiction Prize and the IMPAC prize. His journalism and non-fiction has appeared in Rolling Stone, The Guardian, The Irish Times, Hot Press and The Huffington Post.

“Murphy masterfully conjures millenarianism, mythology, fraudulence and life-negation in small-town life. In these settings, the fear is not simply that the end of the world might occur but that it might not. And what strange, terrible, ludicrous lives we might lead, waiting to find out.” – Darran Anderson, The Stinging Fly

Nadine O'Regan is Books and Arts Editor with the Sunday Business Post, as well as a columnist and feature writer. She is also a voiceover artist, TV contributor and award-winning broadcaster.

Story Through Song: Anna Mieke

mieke10.30pm, Cork Arts Theatre
Free with a ticket stub from an event attended on the same day

Anna Mieke is a musician and songwriter from Wicklow. She performs on guitar, bouzouki and piano and has performed at Electric Picnic, Body & Soul, Another Love Story, Clonmel Junction Festival, and Sounds From A Safe Harbour. Her debut album, Idle Mind, was released in April 2019.