Short sto­ries with a long life

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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.mun­ster­ 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

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