Short Story Anthologies:
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.
Nuala Ní Chonchúir was born in Dublin in 1970; she lives in East Galway. Her fourth short story collection Mother America was published by New Island in 2012; The Irish Times said of it: ‘Ní Chonchúir’s precisely made but deliciously sensual stories mark her as a carrier of Edna O’Brien’s flame.’ Her début novel You (New Island, 2010) was called ‘a gem’ by The Irish Examiner and ‘a heart-warmer’ by The Irish Times. Nuala’s second novel will be published by New Island in 2014. Photo © John Minihan
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. Photo © John Minihan
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.
EM Reapy (29) is from Mayo and has an MA in Creative Writing from Queen's University, Belfast. She edits wordlegs.com, is a Pushcart Prize Nominee and was Tyrone Guthrie's Exchange Irish Writer to Varuna Writers' House, Australia, in 2012. In May 2012, her podcast recording of one of her short stories topped the Irish Literature and Global Literature iTunes charts. She is founder director of Shore Writers' Festival in Enniscrone. She was editor of 30 under 30 collection in association with Doire Press. In 2013, she received an Arts Council Literature Bursary to complete her debut collection and was selected as the Irish representative in 2013 PEN International/ New Voices Award.