Sat Sep 16 2017

The Short Story: State Of The Art-- A Public Discussion With Selected Festival

Firkin Crane, Shandon
Doors 4:30 pm - Admission: €5

'State of the Art': A public discussion at the Cork International Short Story Festival with Thomas Morris, Rob Doyle, Danielle McLaughlin and Nuala O'Connor, moderated by Tania Hershman, on the state of the contemporary short story.

Danielle McLaughlin's stories have appeared in newspapers and magazines such as The Stinging Fly, The Irish Times, and The New Yorker. Her awards for her short fiction, including the William Trevor/Elizabeth Bowen International Short Story Competition 2012, The From the Well short story competition 2012, The Willesden Short Story Prize 2013, The Merriman Short Story Competition 2013 in memory of Maeve Binchy, 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 in 2015. Together with Madeleine D'Arcy, she co-runs Fiction at the Friary, a new monthly fiction event in Cork.

Nuala O’Connor AKA Nuala Ní Chonchúir was born in Dublin, Ireland, she lives in East Galway. Her fifth short story collection Joyride to Jupiter was published by New Island in June 2017. Penguin USA, Penguin Canada and Sandstone (UK) published Nuala’s third novel, Miss Emily, about the poet Emily Dickinson and her Irish maid. Miss Emily was shortlisted for the Bord Gáis Energy Eason Book Club Novel of the Year 2015 and longlisted for the 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award. Nuala’s fourth novel, Becoming Belle, will be published in 2018.

Thomas Morris is from Caerphilly, South Wales and studied English and Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin. He devised and edited Dubliners 100, a short story anthology which was published in 2014 and he is Editor of The Stinging Fly magazine. We Don't Know What We're Doing is his debut short story collection.

Rob Doyle’s first novel, Here Are the Young Men, is published by Bloomsbury, and was chosen as a book of the year by The Irish Times, Sunday Times, Sunday Business Post, and Independent. It is one of Hot Press magazine’s ’20 Greatest Irish Novels since 1916, and was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards Newcomer of the Year. Doyle’s second book, This Is the Ritual, was published in January 2016 (Bloomsbury / Lilliput), and was a book of the year in the New Statesman, Sunday Times and Irish Times. His fiction, essays, and criticism have appeared in The Guardian, Observer, Vice, Dublin Review, Irish Times, Sunday Times, Sunday Business Post, Stinging Fly, Gorse, Dalkey Archive’s Best European Fiction 2016 and elsewhere. Rob Doyle is editor of the Dalkey Archive’s Anthology of Irish Literature, due for publication in 2017

Tania Hershman is a former science journalist living and working in the UK. Her first short story collection, The White Road and Other Stories (Salt Publishing), was commended by the judges of the 2009 Orange Award for New Writers. She is also the author of the poetry collection Terms and Conditions (Nine Arches Press, 2017), My Mother Was An Upright Piano: Fictions (Tangent Books, 2012), Nothing Here Is Wild, Everything Is Open (Southword Editions, 2016), and co-author of Writing Short Stories: A Writers and Artists Companion (Bloomsbury, 2014). Tania is founder and curator of ShortStops, the UK & Ireland short story hub. Listen to her read her work at SoundCloud.

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