For those of us writers and readers, who have enjoyed the plethora of writing festivals that our literary nation has had on offer to us over the summer. Fear not, as one of the best is yet to come. The Cork International Short Story Festival runs from 16th-20th September and is a festival dedicated to the short story. The festival showcases unique talent, and features fantastic workshops facilitated by amazing writers. This year’s workshops include a “story to novel workshop” by Nuala Ni Chonchuir, whose recent novel “The Closet Of Savage Mementos” is beautifully written and well worth reading. There is also a masterclass on the short story which will be facilitated by Rachel Trezise. As well as this The Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, which is recognised as the single biggest prize for a short story collection in the world will be presented. This year’s winner is the Irish writer Colin Barrett, and he will receive the award for his debut collection “Young Skins”. As if all this wasn’t enough The Sean O’ Faolain short story prize will also be presented. This is a wonderful festival which recognises the art of writing well crafted short stories and is in my opinion a festival not to be missed.
The Cork International Short Story Festival 16th-20th September 2014