Radio 4 Story Recorded Today!

My second short story commission from BBC Radio 4 was recorded today at the BBCNI studios. It was read by the excellent Belfast actor Tony Flynn and produced by Michael Shannon. The transmission date is down for November 22 at 3.45pm.

‘Cuckoo’ is a departure for me so I’m a little nervous. I hope you like it.

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16th International Conference On The Short Story In English

I’m attending the 16th International Conference On The Short Story In English in Calabria, Italy, 24-27 June 2020. This will be my third conference (following Vienna and Lisbon) and this time around I’m honored to be asked to teach a class. The details are below.

That Killer First Page

Paul will share what editors, first readers and judges look for in a short story. He will discuss how to get your story published, onto that shortlist and how to avoid the rejection pile. Paul will take you behind the scenes of anthologies, competitions and journals, explaining the psychology of the decision-making process and the importance of ‘That Killer First Page’. He will highlight the essential ingredients to create that crucial story opening. In a form and genre where every word counts, you will get tips on staying focused on your story and where to start the action; you will also get clues on when to stop. For the workshop, you write an opening and get feedback on that. We will look at submission opportunities; how to find them and where you should be sending your stories.

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Winner of ‘McCrea Literary Award​’

Winner of ‘McCrea Literary Award’

I am delighted to have been awarded the McCrea Literary Award 2018/19 for my short stories. I won the award previously for my debut novel The Good Son. The award is given biannually by the University of Ulster. Have a great day!

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“I devoured it in a day, but I’ve thought about it for many, many more.”
Bailey’s Prize-winner Lisa McInerney
“A triumph of storytelling. An absolute gem.”
Donal Ryan

 

Podcast: JLF London on The Short Story

Chris Power, Namita Gokhale and Navtej Sarna in conversation with Paul McVeigh. This episode is a live session from JLF London at The British Library, June 19, 2019.

I hope you enjoy this conversation about the short story.

You can read my latest short story, The Swimmers, in Faber’s ‘Being Various’ Anthology of Irish Short Stories.

 

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‘A very impressive tale from a writer I always enjoy reading – a powerful and gripping story’ Storgy

 

JLF London at British Library

What Is Not Said: Celebrating the Short Story

Ashok Ferrey, Chris Power, Namita Gokhale and Navtej Sarna in conversation with Paul McVeigh

The brevity of short fiction, illuminating transformative moments in life, eliminating all that is unnecessary, takes it to the heart of the reader. A session that investigates and celebrates the form and function of the short story. Conversations and contextual readings featuring Ashok Ferrey, author of short story collection The Good Little Ceylonese Girl; Chris Power, author of the short story collection Mothers; Namita Gokhale, Indian writer and Festival co-director; and Navtej Sarna, Indian diplomat and author of the short story collection Winter Evenings. In conversation with director and co-founder of London Short Story Festival, Paul McVeigh.

June 16 – 1:45PM TO 2:45PM MUGHAL COURTYARD

“I devoured it in a day, but I’ve thought about it for many, many more.”
Bailey’s Prize-winner Lisa McInerney
“A triumph of storytelling. An absolute gem.”
Donal Ryan

 

 

Stories in Two Anthologies

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I’m a wee bit excited to be in two anthologies released this week.

‘Being Various’ is the latest in the Faber series of Irish short story anthologies. Edited by Lucy Caldwell, it contains my new short story ‘The Swimmers’.

The other is ‘Common People: An Anthology of Working Class Writers’ edited by it de Waal. It has my first piece of memoir called ‘Night of the Hunchback’.

I hope you enjoy them. 🙂

 

 

Me, Nicole Flattery, Lucy Caldwell & Lisa McInerney

Being Various: New Irish Short Stories

Edited By Lucy Caldwell

With Lisa McInerney, Nicole Flattery & Paul McVeigh

Celebrate the current golden age of the short story in Ireland with the publication of Being Various. A spellbinding selection of Ireland’s most exciting new writers anthologised by Belfast’s own Lucy Caldwell, who will be in conversation with three of the writers.

Lucy Caldwell was born in Belfast in 1981. She is the author of three novels, several stage plays and radio dramas, and a collection of short stories. Awards include the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the George Devine Award, the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Imison Award, the Commonwealth Short Story Prize (Canada & Europe), the Irish Playwrights’ and Screenwriters’ Guild Award, the Edge Hill Short Story Prize Readers’ Choice Award, a Fiction Uncovered Award, a K. Blundell Trust Award and a Major Individual Artist Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2018.

Lisa McInerney’s work has featured in Winter Papers, The Stinging Fly, Granta, The Guardian, BBC Radio 4and various anthologies. Her story Navigation was longlisted for the 2017 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. Her debut novel The Glorious Heresies won the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and the 2016 Desmond Elliott Prize. Her second novel, The Blood Miracles, won the 2018 RSL Encore Award.

Nicole Flattery‘s stories have been published in The Irish Times, The Dublin Review, The White Review, Winter Papers and The Stinging Fly. She is a recipient of a Next Generation Artists’ Award from the Arts Council of Ireland and The White Review Short Story Prize. Originally from County Westmeath, Nicole now lives in Galway.

Paul McVeigh was born in Belfast. He is the author of one novel, The Good Son, which won The Polari First Novel Prize and The McCrea Literary Award. He is also the author of many essays, plays and short stories which have been read on BBC Radio 3, 4 and 5.

Date Saturday 15 June 2019
Time 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Price£10 | £8
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My Work on Sky Arts TV

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‘Postcards From the Future’ is part of Arts 50, an exploration what it means to be British today.

I was commissioned to write and perform my piece at The Barbican, also part of their Open Fest, and it was aired this week on Sky Arts. You can watch the whole week of shows, or the episode with me here.

The shows include new work from many artists including Simon Armitage, John Godber, Nitin Sawhney, Lemn Sissay, AL Kennedy and me!

The show also includes clips from a discussion, ‘The Voice of Britain’, with John Godber, Jonathan Maitland, Lemn SissayMartha Barnett, Dreda Say Mitchell and me, to look at Britishness today from a writers point of view.

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