Cork Short Story Festival 2020: Niamh Campbell & Kit de Waal

Niamh Campbell & Kit de Waal in conversation with Paul McVeigh

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7pm (€5)

Niamh Campbell was born in 1988 and grew up in Dublin. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in The Dublin Review, 3:AM, Banshee, gorse, Five Dials, and Tangerine. She was awarded a Next Generation literary bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland, and annual literary bursaries in 2018 and 2019. She holds a PhD in English from King’s College London and is a current postdoctoral fellow for the Arts Council of Ireland at Maynooth University. Her debut novel This Happy was published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson in 2020. She was the winner of the 2020 Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award. She lives and works in Dublin.

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Kit de Wall was born in Birmingham to an Irish mother, who was a childminder and foster carer and a Caribbean father. She worked for fifteen years in criminal and family law, was a magistrate for several years and sits on adoption panels. She used to advise Social Services on the care of foster children, and has written training manuals on adoption, foster care and judgecraft for members of the judiciary. Her writing has received numerous awards including the Bridport Flash Fiction Prize 2014 and 2015 and the SI Leeds Literary Reader’s Choice Prize 2014 and the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year. MY NAME IS LEON, her first novel was published in 2016 and shortlisted for the Costa Book Award. She has two children and lives in the West Midlands.

Paul McVeigh has written comedy, essays, flash fiction, a novel, plays and short stories, and his work has been performed on radio, stage and television, and published in seven languages. The Good Son is his first novel.

The 32: Cork Short Story Festival 2020

Irish Working Class Voices: Martin Doyle, Eoin MacNamee, Rosaleen McDonagh & Lynn Ruane in conversation with Paul McVeigh

Irish Working Class Voices

Thursday October 8th 5pm

We have our first live event for the anthology although it’s not out until next year. You can pre-order here.

Here’s the blurb from Cork!

Martin Doyle edits the books section of The Irish Times in print and online. He joined the paper in 2007, having previously been on the staff of The Times for five years and serving as Editor of The Irish Post in London.

Eoin McNamee has written two novellas, The Last of Deeds, which was shortlisted for the 1989 Irish Times/Aer Lingus Award for Irish Literature, and Love in History. His novels include Resurrection Man, later made into a film, The Blue Tango, which was longlisted for the Booker Prize, and Orchid Blue.

Rosaleen McDonagh is a writer, activist and performer. She is a frequent contributor to Sunday Miscellany, RTE Radio 1 and is a columnist for The Irish Times. She is a member of Aosdána and worked on gender based violence for over ten years with Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre.

Lynn Ruane is a social activist and politician who has served as a member of Seanad Éireann since April 2016. Before entering politics, she developed community drug services and community initiatives over 15 years in Tallaght and Dublin’s Canal Communities.. Her first book, People Like Me, won non-fiction book of the year at the Irish Book Awards.

Paul McVeigh has written comedy, essays, flash fiction, a novel, plays and short stories, and his work has been performed on radio, stage and television, and published in seven languages. The Good Son is his first novel.

The Art of the Glimpse

Pre-Order

It’s here: The Art of the Glimpse, an anthology of 100 Irish short stories, edited by Sinead Gleeson and published by Head of Zeus. It features established and emerging voices and will be published in October 1st.

There will be stories by Samuel Beckett, Sally Rooney, William Trevor, Kevin Barry, Edna O’Brien, Claire-Louise Bennett, Bernard McLaverty, Anne Enright, Eimear Bride and many more.

Join me tomorrow on Facebook for the Alliance Française Live Series, a short live reading my short story Hollow, which was shortlisted for Irish Short Story of the Year at the Irish Book Awards, and will appear in the upcoming The Art of the Glimpse – 100 Irish Short Stories.

That Killer First Page

At Birmingham Literature Festival

“Learn from short story writer and champion, Paul McVeigh.

You’ll find out what competition judges and journal editors look for in a short story and how to avoid the rejection pile. Get tips on where to start the action and how to grab the reader. You’ll also look at submission opportunities; how to find them and where you should be sending your stories.”

Biography:
Paul McVeigh’s short fiction has been published in journals and anthologies, and been read on BBC Radio 3,4 & 5. He was shortlisted for Irish Short Story of the Year 2017 at the Irish Book Awards. His short story blog shares writing opportunities and advice has reached 2.5 million views. Paul co-founded London Short Story Festival and is Associate Director at Word Factory, the UK’s national centre for excellence in the short story. He is a reader and judge for national and international short story competitions. He has edited Southword Journal and three anthologies, commissioning work from Kevin Barry, Roddy Doyle and Deborah Levy.

Event Details

Sat 17th October 2020 2:00PM

Price

Place price
£30.00*

*booking fee applies

Workshop: MAKE ABANDONED IDEAS WORK

Workshop: MAKE ABANDONED IDEAS WORK

Tuesday Sept 22 10am-12.30

Do you have short story or novel ideas that never quite got off the ground? Or that you abandoned when they hit a dead end? Bring all your bits and pieces to this workshop with award-winning writer and Word Factory Writer-In-Residence  Paul McVeigh and he will help you brainstorm and trouble-shoot your way to giving them new life. 

Learn how his Power of Three theory helped him create a Radio 4 story from abandoned ideas. 

Paul’s debut novel, The Good Son , won The Polari First Novel Prize and The McCrea Literary Award and was shortlisted for others, including the Prix du Roman Cezam in France. Paul’s short stories have been read on BBC Radio 3, 4 & 5, SKY Arts, and in newspapers, journals and anthologies. His writing has been translated into seven languages.

This is an online workshop limited to 10 participants. Participants will be sent an online link ahead of the event.

Please note the fee includes Eventbrite admin.

BURSARY

For writers on limited means, one bursary is available. Write to Word Factory Director Cathy Galvin, marking your email subject line “Bursary”, explaining your circumstances, at Cathy@thewordfactory.tv

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The Good Son: Won The Polari Prize & The McCrea Literary Award

“The Good Son is a work of genius from a splendid writer.”

Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Olen Butler

“A triumph of storytelling. An absolute gem.” Donal Ryan

Inaugural Word Factory Writer-In-Residence

“It is a huge delight to be working with award-winning novelist and short story writer Paul McVeigh as our inaugural writer-in-residence. At a time of such distance from each other, we wanted to be able of offer you the chance to work either one-to-one or in small groups with one of the most powerful voices in contemporary literature. With just a few places left, don’t miss his workshop on making abandoned ideas work on September 22nd. One-on-one slots are also available over the next few months.”

You can check out all the ways to get involved here.

Reading for Alliance Française Live Series, Sept 15

Facebook Live Series: Paul McVeigh


Join us every week on Facebook for our Alliance Française Live Series, a short live performance by one of our collaborators and friends. These presentations include reading,theatre, drawingmusiccooking and more!

Irish writer Paul Mc Veigh will read, for the first time, his short story Hollow, which was shortlisted for Irish Short Story of the Year at the Irish Book Awards, and will appear in the upcoming The Art of the Glimpse – 100 Irish Short Stories selected by Sinead Gleason.
Paul’s debut novel, The Good Son, won The Polari First Novel Prize and The McCrea Literary Award. His short stories have been in numerous anthologies, on BBC Radio, and Sky Arts. His work has been translated into seven languages.

LGBTQI+ Irish Short Story Writers

Queer Love Anthology

Southword Editions are publishing an anthology of 12 short fictions by Irish authors reflecting the LGBTQI+ experience  and seeks to go some way to redress the lack of acknowledgement of the community in Irish literary anthologies. 

We have work from John Boyne, June Caldwell, Naoise Dolan, Emma Donoghue, Mary Dorcey, Neil Hegarty and Colm Toibín.

You can be included in the anthology. We are seeking four Irish authors from the LGBTQI+ community.

Guidelines:
The piece should be a short story, maximum 5,000 words. 
The deadline is September 20th, 2020.
Each chosen writer will receive 500 euros for their story upon publication.

I am the editor and am looking forward to reading you work. Enter here.

Podcast: Kit de Waal for Birmingham Literature Festival

I even bought a proper mic and everything.

Today I recorded my first podcast interviewing Kit de Waal about her work especially her new short fiction collection ‘Supporting Cast’ for Birmingham Literature Festival.

Look out for it coming this October.

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The Good Son: Winner of The Polari Prize & The McCrea Literary Award

“The Good Son is a work of genius from a splendid writer.”

Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Olen Butler

“A triumph of storytelling. An absolute gem.” Donal Ryan

Writing a Character Worth Reading About

Great to be working with Writers Victoria again. Although unable to visit Melbourne due to Covid, the course will still happen but will be online. One plus is you can be anywhere and join in!

ONLINE WORKSHOP:

Writing a Character Worth Reading About

How do you create a character that grabs the attention of agents, editors and the all-important book buyer? You will explore the concept that character is story and how to create a character that compels your reader to stay with them until the end of the book. You will look at using behaviour, dialogue, dreams, desires, psychology and relationship dynamics to reveal character, create authentic people and get your reader to emotionally invest in their fate.

Dates for this Course:

  • Friday 23 October 2020, 6pm-8pm (AEDT)
  • Saturday 24 October 2020, 6pm-8pm (AEDT)

Included in this course:

  • 4 hours of information, education, industry insider advice, tricks and tips
  • Writing exercises to help hone your craft and reinforce your new skills
  • Interactive webinars with space for questions, clarifications, and skills extension
  • Personalised feedback from Paul on up-to-500 words

Learning outcomes

You will learn:

• How to create complex characters

• How to create authentic characters

• How to use dialogue to reveal character and further the plot

• How to emotionally engage the reader

• How to get, and keep, the attention of agents, editors and readers

Schedule for the Workshop:

  • Before the workshop, send 500 words to program@writersvictoria.org.au for Paul’s attention
  • Friday 23 October 2020, 6pm-8pm: First Webinar
  • Saturday 24 October 2020, 6pm-8pm: Second Webinar
  • Feedback from Paul returned to participants

About Paul McVeigh

Paul has written for radio, theatre and TV. His debut novel, The Good Son, won The Polari First Novel Prize and The McCrea Literary Award and was shortlisted for many others including The Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award and the Prix du Roman Cezam, in France. He judges international literary prizes and his work has been translated into seven languages. He teaches around the world in Australia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Indonesia, Malaysia, Spain and Singapore.

If you’re purchasing a full price workshop at $215, consider a full price one-year membership ($75) plus member-priced workshop ($155) will cost just $230 and give you discounts on all our services plus six free copies of ‘The Victorian Writer’ magazine.

And if you have a concession card, a one-year membership ($55) plus member-concession workshop ($135) will cost you only $190.Cancellation PolicyVenue:
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Phone: 90947895  
Email:program@writersvictoria.org.au(link sends e-mail)Event Fee(s)

Concession$ 135.00
Member$ 155.00
Non-member$ 215.00
Donation$ 0.00

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