Cork is more than ever the center of the world this week with the return of the Short Story Festival. There’ ll be great writers (John Banville and Kevin Barry are two I can think of), workshops on everything from writing short stories (taught by Nuala Ní Chonchúir and Éilís Ní Dhuibhne) and flash fiction (Tania Hershman) to turning a story into a song (with Cork’s own John Spillane). There will be as well the presentation of The Seán Ó Faoláin Prize and The Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award.
Among other things, I will be looking forward to the Short Story Showcase, which will gather organisations and magazines committed to promoting the short story in Ireland, and the discussion titled “Is flash fiction a true literary art form or just something for chancers?”
Get more info here, about the programme, prices of events (there’s loads of free ones too!) and workshops (never too late to sign up…)
See you there!