Short Story

UCC Short Story Competition

To commemorate the 175th anniversary of UCC’s founding in 1845, UCC Alumni and Development has commissioned a short story competition with all stories featuring the famous and lovely UCC campus. I was very happy to be one of the judges for the competition along with Dr Éibhear Walshe, Director of Creative Writing at UCC and author of The Last Day at Bowen’s Court and Danielle McLaughlin, author of Dinosaurs on Other Planets and The Art of Falling. There are various prizes for the winners who were announced in April 2020 along with their citations, here.

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