Short stories with a long life
THE FRANK O’CONNOR INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE SHORT STORY 2007 Triskel Arts Centre, Central City Library, City Hall, Cork Sep 19th-23rd 021-4312955 www.munsterlit.ie/FOC This the seventh Frank O’Connor short story festival, which makes it the longest-established annual festival dedicated to the form in an English-speaking country. This year’s bash has a cinematic flavour, with a masterclass by Derek Mahon on adapting fiction for the screen and a showing of films by Etgar Keret and Miranda July, two of the nominees for this year’s €35,000 Frank O’Connor Award (funded by Cork City Council in association with The Irish Times). Presumably this means a chance to see July’s likeable first feature, Me and You and Everyone We Know.
There are readings by a host of Irish and international authors including Billy Roche, Rick Moody (author of, among other things, The Ice Storm, which was filmed by Ang Lee), Segun Afolabi, Charlotte Grimshaw and others. (Moody, Afolabi and Nuala Ní Conchúir are this year’s judges.)
There is a short open-mic competition – a top idea – with a 1300 prize for a 300-word story. There’s also a translation seminar, and a beginners’ short story writer’s workshop. On the last day of the festival, the winners of the Sean O’Faolain Prize for single short story and the Frank O’Connor Award for best international collection will be revealed. CATHY DILLON