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Readings by Tina Pisco & Oisín Fagan

Tina PiscoOisin Fagan

7th September at 2.30pm
Cork Central Library (Grand Parade)
Admission: FREE



Tina Pisco has published two best-selling novels: Only a Paper Moon (Poolbeg 1998), and Catch the Magpie (Poolbeg 1999). Sunrise Sunset and other fictions (Fish 2016) is a collection of flash, short stories, a comic and a novella, which was launched by Mary Morrissy at this year’s West Cork Literary Festival.

Oisín Fagan has had fiction published in The Stinging Fly, New Planet Cabaret and the anthology Young Irelanders and his novella Heirophants was winner of the inaugural Penny Dreadful Novella Prize. His collection of stories, Hostages, is out in Autumn 2016, with New Island Press. He currently lives and works in Dublin.



Long Story, Short Journal showcase
A reading with Mary Morrissy and Mark Tuthill.

Mary MorrissyMark TuthillLong Story, Short Journal

7th September at 4pm
Cork Central Library
Admission: FREE

A reading by two contributors to the Long Story, Short Journal, an online publication edited by Jennifer Matthews, dedicated to short stories 4000 words or longer.

Mary Morrissy is the author of three novels and two collections of stories, most recently Prosperity Drive (2016). Her short fiction has been anthologised widely and won her a Hennessy Award in 1984. In 1995 she was awarded the prestigious US Lannan Award which honours writers whose work “is of exceptional quality”.


Mark Tuthill’s short fiction has been published in literary journals and was shortlisted for the Cross Pens Short Story Competition (commended by writers John Boyne and Danielle McLaughlin). He has just completed his first novel, The Geography of Chance. Mark has also been writing for the screen for many years.



Farmgate Café Literary Reading
with commissioned work by Doireann Ní Ghríofa

Doireann Ní Ghríofa

7th September at 6pm
Farmgate Café, English Market, Cork
Admission: Free but ticketed. Farmgate-hosted event available to register at https://www.eventbrite.ie/ only.


Doireann Ní Ghríofa is a bilingual writer. Her third book, Clasp, was shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Award 2016 and was awarded the Michael Hartnett Poetry Prize. Among her other awards are the Ireland Chair of Poetry bursary 2014-2015. She writes "with tenderness and unflinching curiosity” (Poetry Magazine, Chicago).

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Banshee Journal showcase
A reading by Aoife Casby, Dearbhaile Houston, Clara Kumagai, Catherine Talbot & Tom Vowler


8th September at 2.30pm
Cork Central Library (Grand Parade)
Admission: FREE


Join us for readings from the autumn/winter issue of Banshee, a print journal of exciting and accessible writing from Ireland and around the world.

“A fresh, eclectic mix … there’s no ‘safe’ writing here.” – The Sunday Independent

Learn more about Aoife Casby, Dearbhaile Houston, Clara Kumagai, Catherine Talbot & Tom Vowler on the Banshee page.


Readings by Roisín O'Donnell & Joanna Walsh

Roisin O'DonnellJoanna Walsh

8th September at 4pm
Cork Central Library (Grand Parade)
Admission: FREE


Roisín O'Donnell is a short story writer living in Ireland. Her work features in Young Irelanders (2015), and The Long Gaze Back (2015). She has been shortlisted for many international awards, including the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award 2016. Her debut short story collection, Wild Quiet, was published by New Island this year.


Joanna Walsh is a British writer and illustrator. A collection, Fractals, was published in the UK in 2013, and her memoir Hotel was published internationally in 2015. She writes literary and cultural criticism, is the fiction editor at 3:am Magazine, and created and runs the Twitter hashtag #readwomen.

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Fiction Introductions:
Becca de la Rosa, Paul Lenehan & Paul Cussen

A showcase of emerging talent

Becca De La RosaPaul LenehanPaul Cussen9th September at 2.30pm
Cork Central Library (Grand Parade)

Admission: FREE



A reading by exciting new voices in Irish fiction who have yet to publish a full length collection, including Becca de la Rosa, Paul Lenahan & Paul Cussen.

Becca De La Rosa writes strange stories from her home in Dublin, Ireland. She has been published in many magazines and anthologies both online and off.

Paul Lenehan, from Dublin, has been writing and publishing stories for the past twenty years, most recently in Crannóg and Tupelo Quarterly (USA). He was twice shortlisted for the Hennessy/Sunday Tribune short story award, and received an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Glamorgan.

Paul Cussen has worked as a bookseller and as a library assistant. His only work of non-fiction was Cork: A Pocket Guide (2004). His story 'The Browser' won a Waterstone’s staff prize in 2006. In 2015 his story 'Going to the Wedding' was published in the Stinging Fly.



The Seán Ó Faoláin Prizegiving
With a reading by the 2016 winner


9th September at 4pm
Cork Central Library (Grand Parade)
Admission: FREE



The Sean O’Faolain Prize is awarded to the best single story entered in competition from anywhere in the world. The first prize is €2000. 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. The winner, if they choose to travel to Cork for this event, also receives accommodation with meals for the duration of the festival and entry into all events. This occasion is an opportunity to hear the winning story and the judge’s citation from Danielle McLaughlin. The competition is open for submissions through 31st July 2016.


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