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Online ticket sales available through Sunday 4th September. Thereafter, all purchases must be made at the Firkin Crane Theatre. Admission may be blocked after an event begins. Refunds will be given only if an event is cancelled.

 

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WEDNESDAY

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.

 

 

The Women of 1916
Featuring 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 has been commissioned to compose a new short story directly inspired by the Farmgate's Women of the South exhibition. The exhibition highlights radical women associated with 1916.

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).

 

 

A reading by Aidan Mathews

Aidan Mathews

7th September at 8.30pm
Church of St. Anne (Shandon)
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 *Please note--the listing in the front of the print brochure is incorrect, and the correct time of this event is 8.30pm.

Aidan Mathews is a poet, playwright and fiction writer. He has published a novel and three collections of stories, including Charlie Chaplin’s Wishbone and Other Stories (2014). His awards include The Irish Times Award, The Patrick Kavanagh Award, the Macauley Fellowship and an Academy of American Poets Award.

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THURSDAY

 

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

Banshee

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.

 

 

Readings by Irina Kovalyova & Sarah Selecky
A showcase of Canadian writers

Irina KovalyovaSarah Selecky
8th September at 7pm
Firkin Crane Theatre, Shandon
Admission: €5
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Irina Kovalyova has a Master’s degree in Chemistry from Brown University, a Doctoral degree in Microbiology from Queen’s University, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. Her debut collection Specimen was published by House of Anansi Press in 2015.

 

Sarah Selecky earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. Her writing has appeared in the top Canadian magazines and quarterlies such as The Walrus, The New Quarterly, The Journey Prize Anthology, among many others. She is the author of the book This Cake Is for the Party.

 

 

Readings by Gerard Woodward & Alan Heathcock

Gerard WoodwardAlan Heathcock

8th September at 8.30pm
Firkin Crane Theatre, Shandon

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Gerard Woodward is the author of a number of novels, including Vanishing and an acclaimed trilogy comprising August (shortlisted for the 2001 Whitbread First Novel Award), I’ll Go to Bed at Noon (shortlisted for the 2004 Man Booker Prize) and A Curious Earth. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.

 

Alan Heathcock’s fiction has been published in many of America’s top journals. His stories have won the National Magazine Award in fiction, and have been selected for inclusion in The Best American Mystery Stories anthology. Volt (Graywolf Press), a collection of stories, was a Best Book 2011 selection from numerous newspapers and magazines.

 

 

Readings by Donal Ryan & Sara Majka

Donal RyanSara Majka

8th September at 10pm
Firkin Crane Theatre, Shandon

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Donal Ryan’s first two novels, The Spinning Heart and The Thing About December, and his short story collection A Slanting of the Sun, have all been published to major acclaim. Among his awards are the Guardian First Book Award, the EU Prize for Literature (Ireland), and Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards.

When she was young, Sara Majka's family moved along the New England coast, living in Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Maine, and even for a time in a lighthouse. She received graduate degrees from Umass-Amherst and Bennington College and was awarded a fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center. Cities I've Never Lived In is her first book.

 

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FRIDAY

 

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

Fiction

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.

 

 

Sinéad Gleeson & Claire-Louise Bennett

Sinead GleesonClaire-Louise Bennett

9th September at 7pm
Firkin Crane Theatre, Shandon
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Sinéad Gleeson is a writer, editor, freelance broadcaster and journalist. An essay, ‘Hair’, was published in Banshee, and Granta published an essay online, ‘Blue Hills and Chalk Bones’. ‘Fathoms’, a 500-word flash fiction story was highly commended at the Dromineer Literary Festival and Sinéad was also shortlisted for the 2016 Fish Memoir Prize.

Claire-Louise Bennett’s short fiction and essays have been published in The Stinging Fly, The Penny Dreadful, The Moth, Colony, The Irish Times, The White Review and gorse. She was awarded the inaugural White Review Short Story Prize. Pond (Stinging Fly Press) is her first collection of stories.

 

 

Readings by Lucy Caldwell & David Park

Lucy CaldwellDavid Park
9th September at 8.30pm
Firkin Crane Theatre, Shandon

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Lucy Caldwell has won multiple awards including the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and the Dylan Thomas Prize. Her most recent novel, All the Beggars Riding, was chosen for Belfast’s One City One Book campaign in 2013 and shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year. Her short story collection, Multitudes, was published this year.

David Park’s books include The Light of Amsterdam and The Poets’ Wives, among others. He has won the Authors’ Club First Novel Award, the Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize and the University of Ulster’s McCrea Literary Award, three times. His short story collection, Gods and Angels, was published this year by Bloomsbury.

 

 

Readings by Stephanie Victoire & Zsuzsi Gartner

Stephanie VictoireZsuzsi Gartner

9th September at 10pm
Firkin Crane Theatre, Shandon

Admission: €5
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Stephanie Victoire was born in London to a Mauritian family. In 2014 Stephanie completed her collection of fairy and folk tales entitled The Other World, It Whispers whilst on the The Almasi League writers’ programme. Stephanie lives in London and is currently working on a novel, The Heart Note.

 

Zsuzsi Gartner is the author of the acclaimed story collections All the Anxious Girls on Earth and Better Living through Plastic Explosives (a finalist for the prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize). She is the founder and director of Writers' Adventure Camp at the Point, and the inaugural Frank O’Connor International Short Story Fellow in Cork.

 

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SATURDAY

 

Panel Discussion: The Happiness of Getting it Down Right
(Moderated by Munster Literature Centre Director Patrick Cotter. The panel includes Nuala O'Connor, Declan Meade, Danielle McLaughlin, and Sara Majka)

Flash Fiction

10th September at 2.45pm
Firkin Crane Theatre, Shandon
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A discussion on the influence an involved editor can have on the artistic development of a writer and their work.

Nuala O'Connor is a fiction writer and poet. Writing as Nuala Ní Chonchúir she has published two novels, four collections of short fiction, a chapbook of flash fiction and three full poetry collections. Nuala's third novel, Miss Emily was short-listed for the Eason Book Club Novel of the Year. Nuala teaches occasional creative writing courses.

Declan Meade is the founding editor and publisher of The Stinging Fly magazine. In 2005 he set up The Stinging Fly Press. 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.

Danielle McLaughlin has won various awards for her short fiction, including the William Trevor/Elizabeth Bowen International Short Story Competition 2012, The Willesden Short Story Prize 2013, and the Dromineer Literary Festival Short Story Competition 2013. Her debut collection of short stories Dinosaurs on Other Planets was published in Ireland by The Stinging Fly Press.

When she was young, Sara Majka's family moved along the New England coast, living in Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Maine, and even for a time in a lighthouse. She received graduate degrees from Umass-Amherst and Bennington College and was awarded a fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center. Cities I've Never Lived In is her first book.

 

 

Readings by John Boyne and Sean O'Brien

John BoyneSean O'Brien

10th September at 4.30pm
Firkin Crane Theatre (Shandon)
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John Boyne is the author of nine novels for adults and four for younger readers, including the international bestsellers The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, A History of Loneliness and, most recently, The Boy at the Top of the Mountain. His novels are published in forty-five languages. He is married and lives in Dublin.

 

Sean O’Brien is a poet, critic, playwright, novelist and editor. He grew up in Hull and now lives in Newcastle upon Tyne. His collection of short stories, The Silence Room, appeared in 2008 and his novel, Afterlife, in 2009. Current projects include a new book of poems, a second novel and a second collection of short stories.

 

 

Readings by Polly Samson & Arlene Heyman

Polly SamsonArlene Heyman

10th September at 8pm
Firkin Crane Theatre, Shandon

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Polly Samson is the author of two highly acclaimed story collections and two novels. Her story collection, Perfect Lives, was a Sunday Times Fiction Choice of the Year and was read on BBC Radio 4. Polly Samson has been shortlisted for the VS Pritchett Memorial Prize and The Edge Hill Short Story Prize.

 

Arlene Heyman’s debut short story collection is Scary Old Sex. She has been listed twice in the honour rolls of Best American Short Stories. Heyman is a psychiatrist/psychoanalyst practising in New York City, where she lives with her husband. She is currently at work on a novel.

 

 

Reading by Neil Jordan

Neil Jordan

10th September at 9.30pm
Firkin Crane Theatre, Shandon

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Neil Jordan is the author of several novels as well as Night in Tunisia, a collection of short stories which won the Guardian Fiction Prize. Mistaken, his most recent novel, was selected as Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards 2012. He has written a large number of award-winning films including The Crying Game and Michael Collins.

 

 

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