Thursday, September 13th

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Early bird bookings are no longer available through this website.
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All library events are free. All other events are priced €5 per ticket inclusive of booking fees


Fiction at the Friary Showcase

2.30pm, Grand Parade Library
Free event

Fiction at the Friary is a free monthly fiction event in The Friary, North Mall, Cork. Here they presented a specially curated event with readings by Niamh Bagnell, Olivia Fitzsimons and Deirdre Kingston, selected and mentored by Danielle McLaughlin and Madeleine D’Arcy.

Niamh Bagnell is a member of Midleton Writers’ Group and occasionally reads with the illustrious Poetry Divas. She was exiled in Dublin many years ago and while there hosted a weekly writing based show on Liffey Sound. She read mostly poetry around town at such venues/events as the Glór sessions, The Brown Bread Mix-Tape, The Irish Writers’ Centre, Nighthawks at the Cobalt, the Sugar Club and was published in the Stinging Fly magazine.  She has also read at Electric Picnic and Castlepalooza, and can be found a lot of Sunday mornings in Fitzgerald’s Park.

Olivia Fitzsimons is a Northerner who lives in Wicklow. Her flash fiction has appeared in the Honest Ulsterman, Crannog, Boyne Berries, Cabinet of Heed and Solidalgo. In 2017 she was shortlisted for the Sunday Business Post/ Penguin Short Story Prize and Retreat West Flash Fiction Prize. Long listed for Fish Short Story Prize 2018. She is currently a mentee with Words Ireland National Mentoring Programme. @oneflawediris


Deirdre Kingston writes short stories, flash fiction and historical fiction. Her flash fiction has been published in The Incubator, and her writing was selected in 2014 and 2016 for the Date with an Agent event at the International Literature Festival Dublin. In 2018, her story Donatio Mortis Causa was shortlisted and published in the From the Well anthology. She lives in Cork with her husband and three children.


The Stinging Fly: Twenty Years
with Danielle McLaughlin, Eimear Ryan and Danny Denton

4.00pm, Grand Parade Library
Free event

The Stinging Fly magazine was established in 1998 to seek out, publish and promote the very best new Irish and international writing. Over the years The Stinging Fly has published new work by a number of highly acclaimed Irish and international writers: people like Simon Armitage, Kevin Barry, Philip Casey, Evelyn Conlon, Emma Donoghue, Eamon Grennan, Kerry Hardie, Michael Harding, Claire Keegan, James Kelman, A.L. Kennedy, Toby Litt, Colum McCann, Medbh McGuckian, Paula Meehan, Sinéad Morrissey, Paul Murray, Philip O'Ceallaigh, Sharon Olds, Keith Ridgway and C.K. Stead.

Danielle McLaughlin’s stories have appeared in various journals, newspapers and anthologies, including The New Yorker, The Irish Times, Southword, The Penny Dreadful, Long Story Short and The Stinging Fly. They have also appeared in various anthologies, such as the Bristol Prize Anthology, the Fish Anthology and the 2014 Davy Byrnes Anthology, and have been broadcast on RTE Radio 1 and BBC Radio 4. Her debut collection of short stories, Dinosaurs On Other Planets, was published in Ireland in 2015 by The Stinging Fly Press and in the UK and US in 2016 by John Murray and Random House.

Eimear Ryan’s writing has appeared in Winter Papers, Granta, The Stinging Fly, The Dublin Review, Town & Country (Faber) and The Long Gaze Back (New Island). She has won several awards for her short stories, including a Hennessy First Fiction Award and the Sean Dunne Young Writer Award. She is co-editor of the literary journal Banshee.


Danny Denton is a writer from Cork, Ireland. He has been awarded several bursaries and scholarships for his work, and has published work in various journals. The Earlie King and the Kid in Yellowis his first novel. Billed as a ‘gangster ballad love story’, it depicts an Ireland plagued by relentless rain, deadly fires, roaming gangs and warring factions. When the Kid in Yellow meets the daughter of the menacing Earlie King the stage is set for tragedy.


Wendy Erskine & John MacKenna in conversation with Eimear Ryan

7.00pm, Firkin Crane Theatre (€5)

Wendy Erskine lives in Belfast. She started writing short stories in 2015 while participating on The Stinging Fly Fiction Workshop. Her fiction has since been published in The Stinging Fly, Stinging Fly Stories and Female Lines: New Writing by Women from Northern Ireland (New Island Books). She has more stories forthcoming in Being Various: New Irish Short Stories (Faber), Winter Papers and on BBC Radio 4. Sweet Home (Stinging Fly Press, September 2018) is her first collection.

John MacKenna was born in 1952 in Castledermot in Co Kildare.His short story collections include The Fallen and Other Stories(1992), which won The Irish Times First Fiction Award, and The River Field (2007). His novels include Joseph (2014), Clare (2014) and The Space Between Us (2009). He has won a number of awards for his writing, including a Hennessy Literary Award in 1983, the 1986 Leitrim Guardian Award and C. Day-Lewis Awards in 1989 and 1990. Also a well-known documentary maker, he lives in Carlow.

Eimear Ryan’s writing has appeared in Winter Papers, Granta, The Stinging Fly, The Dublin Review, Town & Country (Faber) and The Long Gaze Back (New Island). She has won several awards for her short stories, including a Hennessy First Fiction Award and the Sean Dunne Young Writer Award. She is co-editor of the literary journal Banshee.

Sylvia V. Linsteadt in conversation with Allanah Hopkin

8.30pm, Firkin Crane Theatre (€5)

Sylvia Victor Linsteadt is a writer, artist, and certified animal tracker. Her work—both fiction and non-fiction—is rooted in myth, ecology, feminism & California bioregionalism, and is devoted to broadening our human stories to include the voices of the living land. Her published fiction includes the middle grade children’s novel The Wild Folk, forthcoming with Usborne in June 2018, Our Lady of the Dark Country, a collection of short stories (January 2018) and Tatterdemalion (Unbound, Spring 2017); her works of nonfiction include The Wonderments of the East Ba (Heyday 2014), and Lost Worlds of the San Francisco Bay Area (Heyday, Spring 2017). Her short fiction has been published in a New California Writing 2013 Dark MountainBeneath Ceaseless Skies, The Golden Key, and Deathless Press. She has a regular column with Earthlines Magazine, and her creative nonfiction can also be found in Poecology, Dark Mountain, and News from Native California.

Alannah Hopkin has published two novels, A Joke Goes a Long Way in the Country and The Out-haul (Hamish Hamilton, London) and her non-fiction books include Eating Scenery: West Cork, the People & the Place (The Collins Press, Cork). Her stories have appeared in the London Magazine and the Cork Literary Review, among others. She has written guides to Ireland for Fodor’s, Insight and Berlitz, and also writes about her own travels abroad for magazines. She has reviewed regularly for numerous publications including the Financial Times, the London Evening Standard and the Irish Times. She is currently a regular book reviewer for the Irish Examiner. Her first collection of stories, The Dogs of Inishere was published in April 2017. She is currently working on a new novel set in west Cork, The Ballydevlin Hauntings.

Simon Van Booy in conversation with Billy O'Callaghan

10.00pm, Firkin Crane Theatre (€5)

Simon Van Booy is the award-winning and best-selling author of seven books of fiction, and three anthologies of philosophy. He has written for the New York Times, the Financial Times, NPR, and the BBC. His books have been translated into many languages. He lives in New York with his wife and daughter. In 2013, he founded Writers for Children, a project which helps young people build confidence in their storytelling abilities through annual awards.

Billy O’Callaghan was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1974, and is the author of three short story collections: In Exile (2008) and In Too Deep (2009), both published by Mercier Press, and The Things We Lose, the Things We Leave Behind (2013) published by New Island Books, which won a Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Award and which is published in a Chinese translation from CITIC Press. He has also compiled a non-fiction book, entitled: Learning from the Greats: Lessons on Writing, from the Great Writers, which was published in April 2014 by Cork City Libraries as part of their Occasional Series.