Screening of Grace Paley: Lannan Foundation interview and reading
Cork City Library
Grace Paley, born in 1922 in the Bronx, New York, was a poet and short story writer. Her three books of stories are The Little Disturbances of Man, Enormous Changes at the Last Minute, and Later the Same Day.
Southword Fiction Chapbook Prize
Cork City Library
Southword Editions launches it’s first fiction chapbooks from the inaugural Southword Fiction Chapbook Competition: It’s Not Me, It’s You by Brian Kirk (Best Irish Entry) and A Middle Eastern No by Jill Widner (Best International Entry). At this launch, Kirk and Widner will read from their chapbooks.
Brian Kirk is an award-winning poet and short story writer from Dublin. His children’s novel, The Rising Son was published in December 2015. His first poetry collection, After The Fall was published by Salmon Poetry in 2017.
Jill Widner grew up in Sumatra, Indonesia, the setting of her novel in progress, A Green Raft on a Muddy Swell. The three stories included in A Middle Eastern No are part of a collection of stories in progress set in Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Carlo Gébler in conversation with Alannah Hopkin
Cork City Library
Carlo Gébler teaches in Trinity College at the Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing and at the American College in Dublin; he also works with prisoners in the community. Over a long career he has written drama for the screen, stage and radio, long and short fiction, memoir, history and travel. At this event, Gébler introduces his latest collection of short fiction: 21st century versions of Aesop’s Fables.
“I know few novelists who write their way so vividly into the motivations of characters at the dead-end of the social scale or so thoroughly into the self-righteousness of the establishment.” – Julian Evans, The Telegraph
Alannah Hopkin’s first collection of stories, The Dogs of Inishere was published in 2017. She is currently working on a novel set in west Cork, The Ballydevlin Hauntings.
Maggie Gee & Sarah Harte in conversation with James O'Leary7.30pm, Cork Arts Theatre
Maggie Gee was born in Dorset, England in 1948. She wrote her first novel at 25, and was one of Granta’s original 20 “Best of Young British Novelists” in 1983. She has written thirteen acclaimed novels, most recently Blood (Fentum, 2019), as well as a collection of short stories, The Blue (Telegram, 2006) and a memoir, My Animal Life (Telegram, 2010).
“…tightly compressed, almost epigrammatic narratives, little parables of human paradox … It is not enough to mean well, Gee seems to say, one must also do well.” – Elena Seymenliyska, The Telegraph
Sarah Harte won the Bryan McMahon short story award in 2019. In 2017, she was highly commended for the Manchester Fiction Prize. She’s the author of two novels, The Better Half (2011) and Thick and Thin (2013), which went to numbers one and three in the national book charts, and is currently working on a collection of short stories.
“The Better Half is a deceptively sharp, witty look at modern Ireland.” – Anna Carey, The Irish Times
James O'Leary is a poet and reviewer from Cork. His poetry chapbook, There are Monsters in this House, was published by Southword Editions in 2018.
Claire Adam & Danielle McLaughlin in conversation with Eimear Ryan9.00pm, Cork Arts Theatre
Claire Adam was born in Trinidad & Tobago, to an Irish mother and Trinidadian father. She studied in the US, and then worked in a family-owned business in Cork before settling in London. Golden Child won the 2019 Desmond Elliott Prize for best debut novel.
“…the beauty and the latent violence of her Trinidadian setting are miraculously vivid. Her novel combines the harsh force of a fable with the unforgettable strangeness of real life and, like all the very best debuts, Golden Child gives a sudden and enlightening view of both a new subject and a new mind.” – Alan Hollinghurst, Desmond Elliott Prize judge
Danielle McLaughlin’s 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 the US & Canada by John Murray and Random House in 2016. In 2019 she was awarded a Windham-Campbell Prize for fiction. She was Writer in Residence at UCC for 2018-2019.
“Few short-story collections capture so well such a diverse group of characters—their economically-signifying mannerisms, the reasoning behind their selfish and loving actions—without teetering into stereotypes. Dinosaurs on Other Planets is more than a compelling read—it’s a study in compassion…” – Amy Brady, Chicago Review of Books
Eimear Ryan 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.
Story Through Song: Fintan Lucy
10.30pm, Cork Arts Theatre
Free with a ticket stub from an event attended on the same day
Fintan Lucy has been gigging in Cork city since the mid-eighties. He was a member of folk/trad bands Duchas and Pluckfocailwindskin, and the acoustic rock harmony band The Phintones. His first solo CD, The Is and Was and Maybes, is “utterly passionate...a timeless gem” (The Irish Examiner).