Cork International Short Story Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

I was delighted to have a chat with Cónal Creedon & Lisa McInerney as part of the Cork International Short Story Festival in September 2019. Cónal Creedon is a short story writer, novelist, playwright, and documentary filmmaker. His books include the short story collection Pancho and Lefty Ride Out (Collins Press, 1999) and the novel Begotten Not Made (Irishtown Press, 2018). His short stories have achieved recognition in the Francis MacManus Awards, Life Extra Awards, George A. Birmingham Awards and PJ O’Connor Awards. “Creedon’s words are enough to create a world that is at once comic and dramatic, poetic and musical.” – Rachel Saltz, The New York Times Lisa McInerney’s story Navigation was longlisted for the 2017 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. Her debut novel, The Glorious Heresies, won the 2016 Women’s Prize for Fiction and the 2016 Desmond Elliott Prize. Her second, The Blood Miracles, won the 2018

Older Events and News

Some older events from 2016 to 2018 November 2018: Reading of First Sunday in September, Ballincollig Library October 2018: Reading at Bandon Books. September 2018: Reading at Mallow Library for Cork Culture Night September 2018: Reading in UCC with Carys Davis and Danielle McLaughlin for Cork Culture Night. August 2018: Featured Writer at Fiction at the Friary. August 2018: Interviewed by RTE Radio 1 Book on One. August 2018: Launch of The First Sunday in September, at Triskel Arts Centre August 2018: Interviews with various newspapers and radio stations. March 2018: Reading at launch of Quarryman 2018, in UCC. September 2017: reading at Cork International Short Story Festival July 2016: reading of hows tommy boy was selected at the 2016 West Cork Literary Festival. July 2016: reading at The Killorglin Arts Festival (K-Fest) March 2016: reading at launch of Quarryman 2016 in UCC.

Why are Writers So Happy?

The question was ironic. The questioner was commenting on the subject matter of the three readings at the Cork International Short Story Festival at Cork City Library, one of which was by me. The event was showcasing the Smoke in The Rain Anthology, the 2017 From the Well Short Story Competition, organised by Cork County Libraries and Arts Service and it was very kind of The Munster Literature Centre to do so. In fairness my story was probably the darkest, but Mary Rose’s wasn’t all sugar and spice either. Anne’s was a bit more uplifting, about a boy coming to terms with his grief after his father’s death – yeah, I know, says a lot about the others doesn’t it?