On Culture night last Friday 21st September, a Youghal based writer Richard Keane won the Flash Fiction Rapid Fire event for his very short story “The Whether Forecast”. The award, worth €250, sponsored by The Farmgate Café, in The English Market was held in the Triskel Arts Centre, Cork as part of the Cork International Short Story Festival organised by the Munster literature Center.
This was the first time an award was available in this category of Short Story and highlights the growing interest in Flash fiction as a specific style and form of writing. The Judge for this award was Nick Parker who was also reading from his own independently published “the exploding boy” which was the first independently published collection to be reviewed by The Guardian.
Festival director Patrick Cotter highlighted a unique element of the Cork International Short story festival is the focus is on the writing and hearing the authors read their work as they intended it to be heard. The Event is organised by the Munster Literature Center.
Other winners at the festival included Nathan Englander from America for his collection of short stories “What we talk about when we talk about Ann Frank winning the top prize The Frank O’Connor Award. Winner of the Sean O’Faolain Prize for a single story ”White socks and weirdo’s” was Sophie Hampton from the UK.
Next for the Youghal writer include the final stages of a predominantly poetry collection called ‘What I Hate About Poetry Books’ and he is close to finishing his own short short story collection. He has also joined the organising committee of the Moby Dick Writing Festival which will be held in Youghal on the June bank holiday weekend of 2013 and would like to hear from other writers in the East Cork, West Waterford area with a view to creating an arts based newsletter supporting local artists of all genres. If interested to hear more contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Thomas McCarthy poetry reading at the Youghal Moby Dick Literary Festival 2012
Culture Night in Youghal 2012 featuring Pat Lynch Storyteller