Highlights: Cork International Short Story Festival

This year’s Cork International Short Story Festival was incredible; engaging readings, enlightening author discussions, excellent workshops and a warm welcome. With a mixture of free and ticketed events, the festival conveyed a truly unique and international feel and I’ve come away buzzing.

I attended the four day ‘Uncanny’ workshop with Alannah Hopkins as well as the majority of the readings, so there’s a lot to digest. While I’m collating my thoughts, here are some of my personal highlights…

UCC entrance

The gorgeous UCC grounds – the morning walk prepared the brain for the intensive ‘Uncanny’ workshop

writers in Cork

Matthew Sweeney in discussion with Etgar Keret and Adam Marek – amusing & surreal

Triskel, Cork

The stunning Triskel Christchurch setting – could also be the perfect backdrop for an ‘Uncanny” story.

Donal Ryan in Cork

Donal Ryan – not only a fabulous writer, but also hilariously funny and very approachable. He took time to talk to everyone during the book signing.

Alistair MacLeod, Cork

The legendary Alistair MacLeod reading a new story

Deborah Levy, Cork

Deborah Levy reading from her wonderful collection, Black Vodka.

The inclusive, welcoming atmosphere prevaled throughout the festival - and it was really cool bumping into Alistair MacLeod everywhere!

The inclusive, welcoming atmosphere prevaled throughout the festival – and it was really cool bumping into Alistair MacLeod everywhere!

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